Joseph Rubinstein Shoots Passion Project with Carl Zeiss Optics

Cinematographer Joseph Rubinstein was determined to make a large-scale passion project, something he had not attempted before.
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Cinematographer Joseph Rubinstein was determined to make a large-scale passion project, something he had not attempted before. "I was able to sign on Olympic athlete Olga Sokolova, one of the world's most talented dancers. We wrote a story we could tell through dance, something we hoped would be touching and meaningful to viewers even if they do not usually appreciate dance."

Rubinstein and Sokolova's collaboration resulted in Miscreants, a 55-minute art film with no dialogue; the story is told entirely through dance. Sokolova choreographed the film.

Rubinstein wanted to tell the story by making the camera act as an extension of the dancer, eliciting bright color with strong bokeh, and was excited to do this with Zeiss' CP.3 lenses for cinema.

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Zeiss CP.3 lenses

"The focused areas were tack sharp, and the out of focus areas were soft and glowing, which creates a beautiful contrast when put together in the same frame. But the most important part to me was the color and contrast we got with the lenses. The color clarity enhanced spatial separation and made the image feel deeper and more dimensional than images from almost any lenses I had ever used. The camera crew on our shoot commented every day at the beauty of what we were capturing—in no small part due to the color and clarity of the CP.3 lenses."

Rubinstein adds, "I feel for the first time I am seeing images from affordable lenses that feel every bit as powerful and professional as the images that come from much more expensive lenses."

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