FATHERHOOD

Treatment notes by Miles Langley

Documenting men at the special stage in their lives as they becomes fathers. Capturing the emotion and gravity of this moment.

Shooting Style: Shot in a documentary style using fresh, natural light and beautiful framing. This is an intimate, positive, affirming portrait of new fathers navigating their way into this new phase of life.

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S E N S E S. I love the intimacy of this film. Moments are captured with tenderness. It is from a first person perspective (we won't be) but I love the intimacy achieved. I can see incorporating reverse angles (from the childs perspective) into this video.

Teleflora - Directors Cut. The camera floats, at times it is a bit too 'Tree of Life' that I'd want to go. But I love how it feels lightweight. Some handheld, some smoother movement. I'm not looking for camera rotation. I love the attention to lighting (this is true for all of the videos here) I encourage backlighting and large areas of darkness at times. I don't want it to feel dark but I'd rather spot lighting then good general lighting.

Childhood Trauma PSA / Unique. Looking for symmetry in the locations. Holding on shots while the subject moves inside of the frame. Not just random sequence of shots, if an action happens it is captured in a way to make a storytelling sequence. Interestingly shot interviews eg. through the window of a door or subject drawing (doing something) while being interviewed. Establishing shots. (eg. exterior of house where you can see the subject inside). Portraits of the subjects.

Rick - Tysabri. I like how in-between moments are captured. I like black background with the man lit with one light. I like how shots are held and allow the people to leave frame. I like b-roll is captured of the locations to add story detail. Non-standard interviews eg. while he looks through photos, lit by one light/window. I like that he's not facing the camera but rather looking at what he’s doing or looking out the window while talking.

Rebif – The Journey. Single point lighting, back lighting. Areas of shadow. DOP: Rina Yang

Additional References (vimeo wouldn't let me embed these)

https://vimeo.com/235510720
MLB - Playball. I like how it seems to use practical lighting yet always look. I like how they are not afraid of silhouette. I like how there’s always a little movement in the camera (but not always handheld).

https://vimeo.com/203041255
New Balance – Boris. I like that even in places that could look over lit they have turned lights off and allowed just light where it needs to be on the subject.

DOP References:

Ed David – http://www.eddaviddp.com

Benjamin Loeb – http://loebben.com

Nicklas Johansson – http://www.niklasjohansson.com

Director References:

Eliot Rausch – http://www.eliotrausch.com

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