Shooting an Entire Video Project With One Prime Lens

Does it ever make sense to limit yourself to a single lens for filmmaking? Find out in this video.

In this video from Rubidium Wu for the Crimson Engine, he sits down to talk about the strategy behind using a single lens for filmmaking. Using one lens for an entire project may at first sound like it would be born out of budgetary reasons, however that’s not always the case. As Wu points out, having every scene shot with the same lens can actually be a deliberate artistic choice to bring unity to a film or video project. That’s not to say you can’t also reap the financial benefits of a single lens video and allocate that money elsewhere as a bonus.

Backing this notion up with some proof you can watch yourself, there have been many big-budget films that used just a single lens for their production. These include “Psycho,” “Birdman,” “The Godfather,” “The Royal Tennenbaums,” and others. If you’ve seen any of these films, you probably had no idea this was the case and that goes to show that the technique doesn’t inherently lead to stale moviemaking.

Have you ever shot an entire project with one lens? Would you do it again or did you find it to be too restrictive? Let us know in the comments below.


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