So Saturday was my first video concerning shooting toys or model figures. Something I have dabbled with in the past, but nothing I have really thought about doing seriously (or spending money on). There were a few set backs, and the shoot certainly didn't go to plan. however, I am fairly happy with how the video came out.
The first issue I came up against was not being able to find anywhere that sold decent C41 film. As you may be aware, I tend generally shoot B&W film, however when it comes to making videos, getting C41 developed and scanned saves a lot of time. This is important as I work full time, so I am only able to be creative in my spare time. I ended up getting Fujifilm C200, and I wasn't impressed with this film at all.
Another issue I had wasI didn't have anything particularly interesting to shoot, as I don't really collect figures. So I had to order some, and they arrived very late in the evening, and I was exhausted having being ill most of the week. Still, I stuck to my guns and decided to shoot the video all the same!
I really got into it after a few shots, and it is very fun trying to be creative with it all. And shooting on film felt very natural. I decided to keep the lighting to a minimum, as it went with the aesthetic of the toys. The film was shite, so I converted it to black & white, and it worked much better. I was also shooting medium format but shot it one stop underexposed, and together with the 35mm film, it kept the same sort of feel.
Overall, I would like to try it again down the line. Preferably with more preparation, and better toys/figures. This will probably be my only video in this direction for a while, as I tend to shoot street photography. Perhaps next time it can be an outdoor toy/model shoot!