Manhattan Prep School Promo Documentary

We filmed and edited this piece over the last two weeks for Leman Manhattan Preparatory school in NYC. Very cool school, and we were thrilled to take on the challenge of “telling their story” to a broader audience of prospective parents and students.

We filmed on location, in the school’s art room, on the 22nd floor, overlooking Ellis Island.

This was shot on 3 Canon 5D cameras with Carl Zeiss CP.2 lenses, and the Kessler Cineslider. On sticks we had the 85 prime and the 35 prime, at f4, and on the kessler cineslider we opted for the Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS. The IS makes a HUGE difference when trying to get smooth shots. It’s tough work for the operator running on the slider though, as they’re working the entire time!

Color correction was a snap, as we used the cinestyle technicolor setting on all three cameras, and simply had to boost saturation and lower the blacks in post.

The CP.2 lenses were a JOY to work with, and I’d rent them again in a heartbeat.

Special thanks to for an affordable service, and to my crew: Shaun Clarke (DP), Matthew Hashiguchi, Ian Wexler, Lee Strauss and Kristal Williams.

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