I am trying to write down the experience I had preparing for the debut feature film of Gabriel Achim.
The VHS-look was a choice of Gabriel from the fist talks we had, so I followed his intuition and tried to discover the medium.
I found a camera and a 20 years old JVC, KY-17E and we started testing.
A major problem was that the camera had a proprietary bayonet lens mount, and the default zoom was not a real option for a feature film.
So we tried to fit a Cinevate 35mm DOF adapter that had a Russian Kinor Lomo lenses mount.
But we couldn΄t mount the adapter on the zoom of the camera because of the different diameter and the whole system would had got to long with a zoom plus the adapter, cine-lenses and mate-box. So we had an special lens adapted for the JVC mount. But when we started testing and the images came out too soft to be used.
So we dropped the whole DOF adapter path and I decided that the best would be to fit the camera with Zeiss Digi Primes lenses.
But the Digi Primes were having the standard video B4 Mount, and the camera was having the old JVC mount.
In the end we had to build an adapter from JVC mount to to standard B4 and fit the camera with rods for using a mate-box and follow focus.
It would have been better to start maybe by investing in a S-VHS with a B4 mount and maybe use directly the Digi Primes but we started with 0 budget and we didn΄t knew a lot of things at the time.