A cinematic look with EF prime lenses
The filmmakers favoured the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, a wide-angle lens with a natural perspective. "Like the rest of the lenses, it gives great colours," says Nick. For strikingly sharp close-ups, they turned to the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. "Close-ups give you a different shot in the film – a way of getting something you wouldn't normally see with the human eye," says Nick.
Using Canon's fast EF prime lenses meant the pair could keep the camera's ISO down to 800 for most shots, using ISO1600 only in particularly dark places. "The factory situations were a lot darker than I was hoping for but the noise in the footage is really low," says Jack. "There is a little bit of noise throughout the film, but I think it adds to the aesthetic."
The film has a cinematic look, with a stylish palette reminiscent of a high-end Hollywood colour house. In fact, the filmmakers did very little post-production, just playing with curves and colour correction, and brightening a few shots. "I do it myself in Adobe Premiere Pro," says Jack. "That way we can see it all the way through and retain creative control."
Appropriately for a film celebrating traditional crafts, Nick and Jack have produced a film that looks like a big-budget movie, made with no special effects and minimal work post-production. Perhaps the money they saved could go towards a pair of Japanese denim jeans...