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‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Depends on Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras

Written, directed by and starring Natalie Portman, A Tale of Love and Darkness follows a writer, journalist and advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“It was very important for us to get rich coverage of the scenes,” explains the film’s cinematographer, Slawomir Idziak. “The compact dimensions of the [Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera] allowed us to set up a shot and position cameras within that shot that were out of sight, giving us access to unique perspectives and angles. There are also several dynamic scenes in the film where the camera’s size and weight allowed us to use it in a way that would have been difficult with traditional cameras.

Photo by Ran Mendelson/Focus World.

“We have to maximize every minute that is spent on set during production,” Idziak continues. “It’s in these instances that a small, professional cinema camera, which is easy to conceal, is an excellent tool to have at your disposal.”

“Most professional cameras look good on display monitors, but all that changes when you blow [footage] up on a big screen, which unveils all the shortcomings,” adds Lukasz Baka, the film’s DIT and colorist. “The digital cinema package [DCP] we produced from our initial test with the Pocket Cinema Camera looks great. This is where Blackmagic comes into play; grading the raw rushes on [Blackmagic] DaVinci Resolve really shows just what this camera is capable of.”

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