Film Stills

Here is a collection of film stills and behind the scenes I took at various film sets. If you're interested in my work or want to book me for your film shoot, please contact info@paul-bullinger.com. Since I'm still starting out, I'm happy to cover your film shoot for free.


Civil Expectations

Music Video // Director: Zara Sengstock

 

Civil Expectations was the first time I created a look for all the production stills. We shot on a very sunny and partly cloudy day, which gave us this amazing sky. The music video is set in a 50s garden party, so I decided to go with a grainy, desaturated look. I slightly overexposed the highlights and pulled down the overall exposure. This way, I got the bright and hard sunlight with and a dramatic sky at the same time. To get a bit of a sepia look, I increased the color temperature and gave the greens a more yellowish tint. Finally, I pushed the saturation of the yellows to get the golden look of dry grass.

 

Somniloquy

Short film // Director: Darcy Conlan

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A couple of weeks before Somniloquy, our cinematography teacher talked about film vs digital and how many photographers used their camera like a machine gun. I thought about St Elmo and I decided to use a different strategy for Somniloquy. I always had two lenses with me, Knew what was going to happen in the scene, framed and waited for the right moment to click. On one day, I only took six photos; but they contained two of my favorite films stills so far.

St Elmo

Short film // Director: Emily Dynes

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St Elmo was my first professional set as a stills photographer. I knew enough about framing but was pretty new to photography, so I just took my camera and tried to find the best spots to take my photos from. Sometimes, that meant to climb several meters up a rock, but it got me some of my favorite photos. Shooting in jpg and raw, there was a day when I took more than 1000 photos. Something I will never do again.