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Top: The filmmakers shot each scene with multiple cameras, including a Red Epic MX (left) and a
Sony Digital8 Handicam (right). Middle: 35mm film was also utilized for portraits of the band.
Bottom: Pescasio (at camera) lines up a shot with the band members.

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200T 5274. To avoid stop loss, Pescasio
eschewed color-correction filters. "The first
thing we shot was film," the cinematographer recalls. The plan, he says, was "to walk
up and down the street and get portraits of
the band members and other people in the
setting sun. But by the time we were able to
start rolling, the sun was gone."
The sun's absence was disconcerting,
since the small production was particularly
lean on lighting. "It was kind of a crapshoot," Pescasio acknowledges. "When we
were shooting film, I tried to make sure we
had pools of light so I could actually get an
exposure. We pushed some of the film a
few stops because there was not enough
light. Mark was like, 'Whatever, just shoot!'
I tried everything I could to get an image on
all these formats."
Pellington adds that part of the
experiment was to see "how bare bones we
could be and still make something interesting.
"I operated a lot on this," the director continues. "It felt so great hearing the
film roll through the magazine. I felt this
nostalgia - it was like I was touching a
memory. With a digital camera, I look to the
AC to turn it on before he hands it to me;
otherwise, I won't know it's on."
The lighting package primarily
consisted of a couple of battery-powered
Litepanels LED fixtures and a Sun Gun,
which enabled a mobile, run-and-gun
shooting style. For the high-speed Phantom
shots, though, Pescasio managed to
squeeze in additional units. "I told Mark, 'If
we shoot high speed, we will need at least
a 2K or it's going to flicker,'" he says. "We
found an alley lit by sodium vapors where
Mark liked the background texture. To
make them pop, I keyed the subjects with



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