|Due to the time restrictions they decided to use real actors and to put them either onto matte painting backgrounds or digital back lots, so the obvious solution for the crew was shooting on a blue screen. “We used a Sony HDR-FX which records interlaced HD video at resolutions up to 1440 x 1080, pretty much higher than the final output, but really helpful when it comes to rotoscoping and keying,” explains Emiliano. |
“For some shots the camera was mounted onto a hand-made steadicam system, so we had to do some camera matching. For the subsequent tracking tasks, we used a lot of simple crosses made with scotch-tape placed on the blue screen with no particular pattern. In order to provide sufficient parallax we also used microphone holders placed between the camera and the background.”
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|• Daniele Napolitano: Cinematographer, also cast as Russian |
• Paolo Fazio & Andrea Pinto: Technical and spiritual support.
• Alessio Federico and Barbara Pichiecchio, generously offered
their help directing the photography on the blue screen and for
their precious advice about the final colour grading.
• Agnese Federico for the makeup.
• Fabio Colantoni who built the fantastic steadicam system.
• Enrica Tornelli for being the lead tailor.
• Aladino Colantoni for technical advice.
• All the actors:
- Silvia Stellabotte (Patricia, and also for being a precious
- Claudio Renzetti (for his Mirsky performances and
translations from-to Russian),
- Enzo Rabottini (the mighty Olmy),
• Dario Cestaro (Production)
• Simonetta Romano, for being an incredible runner and tailor.
• Eugenia Pichiecchio our on set photographer.
• And last but not least, Sergio Di Renzo (our ex-boss) for lending us the blue stage. That was a great last Christmas present for us.