Making of Focus

Watching “behind the scenes”, or perhaps directors notes on dvds, makes appreciating a film more fun (although some think reading spoilers more so). The reasons for me writing about the making serves 2 purposes, one to document some of the technicalities used, and second to reflect what went wrong and could be improved. Or perhaps bring more depth to the story.

One of the questions most asked about this video is whether I did the blurring in post production. The answer is no and a reason is that it would create too much work. The video with a wide aperture (f/4), which means the lens is allowing more light in, creating “circle of confusion”, blurring objects not in focus. In general that’s called a shallow depth of field, and helps create the “bokeh effect”.

Frame of Focus
Framing.

In this still from the MJPEG, the focus is on the mirror frame, making the mirror image like a painting. Another question asked is whether someone shot the video. If you watch the last few seconds of the video, you would have an idea but this motion still tells the story.

Behind the scenes of Focus
Crew and equipment

Lastly, the usb cable connects the canon camera 40D to the PC, and recorded via EOS Camera Movie Record.

EOS Camera Movie Record
The software/hack which make the video possible.

What could have done better? The plot, being plain boring but it is the feeling when I got watching arts film in the past. The jerkiness, which leads me to find out about but not use the hardware solutions (eg. steadicam) and software approaches (eg. deshaker).

And without saying, one might question while watching, whether I’m in focus.