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Short Film

The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be

Set in the year 2080 against the backdrop of an environmental catastrophe, the story revolves around Dez’s nomadic life

Shot on Cooke Anamorphic – The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be

Lens/Camera Information
Lens series: Anamorphic/i S35, Anamorphic Zoom
Focus lengths: 40mm, 65mm Macro & 35-145mm
Camera: Arri Alexa mini
Format: Digital
Director of Photography: Luciana Riso

Production Information
Production: The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be
Director: Adeyemi Michael
Colourist: Jason Wallis (@ETC)
Producer: Fiona Lamptey
Production Company: Fruitmedia
Rental House: One Stop Films

DOP Luciana Riso on the lens of her choice:

“The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be” is one of five sci-fi shorts in a compilation called “Foresight”, commissioned by Film4 and produced by Fiona Lamptey. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2021 and received nominations for Best Cinematography at the Underwire Film Festival and the BSC Cinematography Short Film Award in 2022.

Collaborating closely with director Adeyemi Michael, our aim was to create a desolate world where one could feel the burden of time and solitude. By combining zoom and dolly we were able to achieve the versatility needed for the camera to be actively narrating through the scenes. The zoom would also allow us to create subtle layers of point of view adding to a sense of mystery.
Drawing inspiration from sci-fi classics such as “Aliens,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “Solaris,” we made the deliberate choice to shoot in anamorphic format. I was confident that the Cooke zoom 35-149mm lens provided by Onestop, would deliver three key elements: solid zoom functionality, rendition of soft and rich skin tones, and stunning watercolor-like bokeh.

Shooting a distopian film in the midst of a pandemic was challenging and relevant. Over all, having a solid passionate team, made it possible. Thank you team 🙂