In his inspiring book “Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered“, Austin Kleon encourages artists to document their process and share tidbits of it as often as possible along the way, be it photographs, sketches, thoughts, videos, pinboards, etc.
Where you are in the process will determine what that piece is. If you’re in the very early stages, share your influences and what’s inspiring you. If you’re in the middle of executing a project, write about your methods or share works in progress. If you’ve just completed a project, show the final product, share scraps from the cutting-room floor, or write about what you learned. If you have lots of projects out into the world, you can report on how they’re doing – you can tell stories about how people are interacting with your work.
I have been meaning to write about how I wrote and rewrote (and rewrote) FOG, the short film of my two-fold microbudget film project for quite a while, but haven’t gotten to it yet. As I am reading Kleon’s book and thinking it’s been way too long since my initial post, it made me wonder if I had anything tangible to share right now. I thought of various tests I have done with my Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 lens, on two very different cameras: the Olympus PEN E-Pl1 and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
Both cameras use micro four third (or MFT) lenses, like this particular lens, which means that in DSLR/35mm speak, it’s the equivalent of a 50mm lens due to crop factor. However, on top of this, with the Blackmagic Pocket’s super-16 sensor being smaller than that of an MFT camera (like the Olympus PEN), the lens’s field of view becomes in fact that of a 72mm lens on the BMPCC. So, same lens, different fields of view.
As I intend to shoot with this lens on both short and feature films and using mainly available light (natural and from practical lights), supplemented with a china ball, a small LED panel and a reflector, here are stills of various tests using this lens in those very conditions. You can click on the pictures to see the detail.
First off, using the Olympus PEN E-PL1:
Now, testing the same lens, but on the Blackmagic Pocket:
(I was mainly testing how it handled depth of field in low light conditions.)
That’s it for now. Are you “showing your work” too? Feel free to say hi and post a link to your work/process.