The shooting site of Tinnitus crew
“The Tibetan plateau has strong sunlight and variable cloud cover. So the overall control of the exposure process, I was much benefited from the MAVO Edge 6K three design: built-in ND, dual native ISO, and highlight stops. These three designs give me efficiency and flexibility in exposure that no other camera has been able to give me.”
DP Li Siwei of the film TINNITUS
Li Siwei is shooting with MAVO Edge 6K
Kine Team At the beginning of the shooting of Tinnitus, did you have any design for the shooting plan or shooting method? Why you choose the MAVO Edge 6K camera?
Li Siwei For me, Tinnitus is a work with a sincere emotional core and a high degree of artistry in its emotional expression. The story has both a clear subjective perspective and a certain proportion of abstract text-based passages. For this reason, we have chosen a visual language that combines handheld and fixed shots in the design of the camera style, using a coherent handheld shooting to close the inner emotions of the protagonist Jade, and using the fixed shooting to convey the objectivity of the text.
MAVO Edge 6K shooting at high altitude area
Li Siwei And it turns out that choosing MAVO Edge 6K for this shoot was a good decision for us. The shooting style of Tinnitus was non-industrial, with more chance for improvisation and free play. So most of the shots were handheld. Addtionally, the scenes we shot are in Lhasa at an altitude of 3600 meters, some mountain locations reached more than 4000 meters. All of these cause me a little tired after the whole shooting, but if we replaced Edge 6K to some other mainstream cameras, the whole shooting will be much harder. The compact and lightweight body design of Edge 6K significantly reduced the burden of shooting for myself and the entire camera team.
Kine Team What was your impression of the MAVO Edge 6K during the week that this film lasted?
Li Siwei I’ve always liked the design philosophy of Kinefinity. Recent generations of Kinefinity cameras have had a more square design, with a minimalist style of button settings and menus.
the appearance of MAVO Edge 6K
Kine Team Were there any difficulties or challenges on the process of this film? How did you overcome them?
Li Siwei This film shoot was quite challenging. The plateau sunlight was strong and the clouds were variable, and we were limited by the conditions. So in terms of lighting, we wanted to use, rather than fight against the strong sunlight. The overall control of the exposure process, I was much benefited from the MAVO Edge 6K three design: built-in ND, dual native ISO, and highlight stops. These three designs give me efficiency and flexibility in exposure that no other camera has been able to give me.
MAVO Edge 6K shooting in Tibet
Li Siwei The film shoot also encountered the challenge of durability. We had a scene shot in a room full with a thousand burning ghee lamps, where temperature may have exceeded 30 or even 40 degrees without opening windows and doors. This was the part I was worried about at first, because afterwards we needed to switch to a purely outdoor environment and the temperature would be below zero again. We made some precautions for the switch from very cold to very hot conditions forcamera, such as putting a baby warmer in the down jacket to give the camera body a temperature transition. And the complete shoot proceed shows whether in high temperature conditions or high altitude low temperature environment, the machine performance is very very stable.
Screenshot of Tinnitus burning ghee lamps room clip
Kine Team How about the preformance of the clips?
Li Siwei Tinnitus is in the process of editing, and I have currently saw some of the clips. As I tested at the beginning, I am quite satisfied with the image quality and latitude. This time the image was very rich in highlight detail and the majority of the time I used the highlight stop 6.0 and above. So there are some places that I thought would be overexposed when shooting, but thanks to the camera’s excellent latitude, there is still some detail in the highlights after post-processing. The performance of the clips in post made me feel that Kinefinity’s CMOS for the MAVO Edge 6K is a very excellent tuning.
The shooting site of Tinnitus crew
Kine Team What do you think of the color science of MAVO Edge 6K?
Li Siwei I think it’s great. I’m describing the color of the Kinefinity camera more from an intuitive point of view, because I haven’t done very rigorous skin tone comparisons or anything like that. When I was shooting in LA, I had a collection of Log C color files from the color mixing company. And when I use the Kinefinity camera for the next project, in many cases, I will directly use it for monitoring. Because Kinefinity’s KineLOG3 is close to the Log C for me, I was particularly pleased with the color of the Kinefinity camera in general.
Still frame of the original Tinnitus footage
Kine Team Finally, please describe briefly your overall impressions of the MAVO Edge 6K.
Li Siwei For independent filmmaking, I’m lucky to be able to use a camera like MAVO Edge 6K. I’ve told many friends that this is the best Kinefinity camera I’ve ever used.
Thanks for DP Li Siwei ! This is the end of the interview. I hope it will be helpful to those interested in Kinefinity.