Mike Kobal

May 13, 2012

Sweet Insanity, short film shot on Sony Nex-7

I have been wanting to shoot a short film with the Nex-7 for ages. My friend Karolina suggested Jason Roman for the “inspired by” project, we met, talked about work, acting, biking, girls, models, actresses and then he told me about the Sweet Insanity script he had written. It was right up my alley. Lots of shots in public places. A small camera like the Sony Nex-7 would be perfect for it. The weather didn’t cooperate until now and we finally managed to shoot it over the weekend.
tech info and screen grabs after the break


Shooting in public places with large cameras and schlepping lots of gear can be a real PITA, especially when shooting a personal project with a very low budget. ISO settings from 100 to 800. AVCHD 1080/24p at 24mbps.
Gear used for this short:
One Sony Nex 7 with kit lens
One Sony 16mm 2.8 pancake
One Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS
Zoom H1 Handy Recorder, Sony microphone, Sony wireless Lavelier set up
Shot mostly on a cheap steadycam and a carbon mono pod with the Manfrotto 701HDV.
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Filed under: City Life,Models Fashion,Video Beauty,Video Fashion — mike.kobal @ 10:41 pm


  1. Great video mike. I’m glad I watched all the way through.

    Comment by Peter — May 14, 2012 @ 2:49 am

  2. Thank you, Peter. Glad you liked it

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 14, 2012 @ 5:57 am

  3. Awesome result, Mike, bravo not only to you but also to your really great actors. What a nice movie!

    Comment by Wolfgang Lonien — May 14, 2012 @ 6:04 am

  4. thanks so much, Wolfgang, glad you enjoyed it!

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 14, 2012 @ 6:17 am

  5. Had a feeling what was going on the whole time, the ending confirmed it, the picture was a nice touch. Great video Mike.

    Comment by Matthew Durr — May 14, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

  6. ;) thanks for swinging by and watching it, Matthew, glad you enjoyed it!

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 14, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  7. You know you see a lot of NEX-7 bashing for it’s “poor” video quality and pieces like this just blow those arguments out of the water. Besides, I have to be honest, even if this was shot with vintage, grainy, 8mm, the story, cinematography and acting would have still made it a compelling short. I think people that *obsess* about the super technical issues in any production ought to watch more old movies. I for one, don’t even notice the small stuff, but I guess it’s probably because the pros make it look easy(?)

    NICE job Mike!

    Comment by D Pierson — May 15, 2012 @ 9:55 am

  8. Thanks much, D! Really glad to hear you enjoyed watching it. Far from perfect but it was fun to try something completely different. I agree, our obsession with technical issues and high ISO performance often blinds us to a point that we forget about what we want to express.

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 15, 2012 @ 10:56 am

  9. Great job, Mke. Love the quality you get with the small gear and your guerrilla techniques….a combo I’m aspiring to.

    Comment by Bob Krist — May 24, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

  10. thanks Bob!

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 24, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

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