The Zoetrope Optika experimental short has received a good deal of attention on industry blogs, and I’m very appreciative of the generous articles by Planet 5D (which premiered the video), and other prominent blogs such as No Film School, PetaPixel, The Photblographer, FredMiranda.com and the rest.
Below the video is a description of the project and then Behind-the-Scenes photos…
We had early access to the new and innovative Zeiss Otus lens and wanted to work with it on a short concept film. This is the first short film shot on the new lens (it was shot shortly before the lens was released).
The ideas in this film are based on my experience at Zeiss Cine Lens Day, where invited cinematographers from around the world toured the Zeiss lens manufacturing facility in Jena, Germany. In addition to manufacturing a wide range of lenses (a process that is both highly mechanized and also involves a significant hands-on human touch), Zeiss makes planetarium projectors and watching the stars in the Zeiss Power Dome had an impact on this short piece as well.