Shooting an Epic 80's Style Horror Film: Sophia Rivera shoots "Jack Lantern" with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras
For horror movie fans, there is something special about the 1980s. The horror movie genre was reborn and a new look and feel to a whole generation of horror movies was born.
And that is what Sophia Rivera had in mind had in mind when she started to shoot "Jack Lantern." And to get the look and feel that she wanted, she choose to shoot with the Pocket Cinema Camera.
The Birth of Jack Lantern
For Sophia, the inspiration to shoot "Jack Lantern" all began in the hot fall season on the outskirts of the San Francisco Bay Area.
"I studied film for 2 years in the cinema production program at City College of San Francisco. I've worked on documentaries, music videos, dramas, comedies, sci-fi, horror films, and instructional videos for the past 9 years.
"Jack Lantern" is a film about Jack, a brother grieving over the death of his sister, who died on Halloween. Four years after her death, Jack is still haunted by her death and vows to find the truth. Once he does, he snaps and decides to take matters into his own hands.
There is horror and comedy and dramatic dark terror scenes taking place in the shadows. Everything that makes an 80s inspired horror film so much fun.
And no surprise, one of the pivotal scenes was at a Halloween party. Which is where Sophia really got to put the Pocket Cinema Camera's through their paces.
The party scene includes a variety of up close, dark and brooding shots of costumed high school students as they quickly go from party to terror. Shooting was often in incredibly tight spaces or behind a mask, and Sophia relied on the Pocket Cinema Camera's small size and ability to get high quality shots.
"I wanted to be able to get tight shots, and have the ability to shoot angles in small spaces that would be hard to manage with a standard size camera. The Pocket Cinema Camera made it possible for me to accomplish these goals," Sophia said. "And having a MFT lens mount was perfect because I was able to still use my EF 50mm f/1.8, EF 50mm f/1.4, EF 28mm f/1.8, and EF 40mm f/2.8 with the use of a Metabones Speed Booster adapter. And the Halloween party scene was shot September through October and the weather was very hot. The Pocket Cinema Cameras held through the heat well."
"The convenience of shooting the film with the Blackmagic camera was it's small size and lite weight. This made it possible for me to maneuver the camera to get the most difficult shots I needed. Plus, being small in stature gave me an advantage. But don't fret, if you're a full size guy or gal and you can't quite fit into those small crevices, the Pocket Cinema Camera will," she continued.
"Looking into the aesthetics of the Pocket Cinema Camera, the image quality is amazing. I found the images to be beautiful, appealing even when the shots were gruesome and true to color. The pull focus was sharp and easy to implement. The ability to shoot in ProRes or RAW makes the camera even more alluring," Sophia said. "That price, wow, that price, incredible image for the price, which made it easy to purchase two."
"Shooting with these cameras for my first feature film was one of the best decisions I've ever made. This maybe a B horror movie with non-professional actors, but isn't that what cult films are all about. However, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera makes it look FANTASTIC."