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Fiona Braillon

Optimo Spherical

Baden Baden

Director

Rachel Lang

Cinematographer

Fiona Braillon

Starring

Salomé Richard, Claude Gensac, Lazare Gousseau.

Synopsis
Charts the trials and tribulations of Ana, a free-spirited 26 year-old returning home to Strasbourg for the summer after living abroad for long enough to feel out of place everywhere.
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Fiona Braillon « Baden Baden »

“I used two Optimo zooms from Angenieux, the 28-­76 and the 45-­120. The alliance of the blur and the organic distortion helped to built a round image. The lenses used broke the digital sharpness and emphasized the nuances of the skin. This softness encompassed the feel good and warmth spirit of Ana, the main character who was, at the time, crossing the summer heatwave.”

Baden Baden is Rachel Lang’s first feature length movie. I previously collaborated with her on two shorts films: “For you I will fight” (Pour toi je ferai Bataille) et “White turnips make it hard to sleep” (Les Navets Blancs empêchent de  dormir).

On Baden Baden, we have decided to tell the story using mainly  two types of shots. On one hand, statics framedshots, wide and composed. From the beginning,the idea of embedding in the film the architecture  and  construction was key. And on the other hand, close‐ups shots on the character of Ana,  moving, soft and perhaps, sensual. Those two kind of shots  separate the objective point of view from the subjective one, from the intimacy to the social, from the idea to feelings.

To make the close-­up shots, I used  two Optimo zooms from Angenieux, the 28-­76 and the 45-­120. The alliance of the blur and the organic distortion helped to built a round image. The lenses used broke the digital sharpness and  emphasized the nuances of the  skin. This softness encompassed the feel good and warmth spirit of Ana, the main character who was, at the time, crossing the summer heatwave.

For the wide static shots, I used wide Zeiss Master Primes lenses, 16mm and 21mm in which the distortions are almost void but remain sharp. Its sharpness hold objectivity and give it a theatrical feel. This was particularly true with  the wide 16mm, that we used to shoot in the bathroom, one of the recurring and central location in the film.

These two kind of lenses were used for very different scenes. They were complementary. I used diffusion filters on the Zeiss Master Prime to harmonize the texture.

Using this equipment was  actually very pleasant, it wears on the shoulder well. They are compacts and have a tight fit, you can tune the shot easily and quickly. Using them with a Red Epic make a compact and well balanced camera. To summarize, these lenses insured efficiency on set and fluidity.

Rachel Lang won the best short film award “White  turnips make it hard to sleep” at the 26th Romantic film festival in Cabourg  in 2012, we had the chance to shoot with it which gave a real  tonality to the picture.

Baden Baden
by Rachel Lang
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