A combination of snapshots for the film 'Lifeline' that won the best film title at the Dreamachine International Film Festival during the 2021 fall session.

‘Lifeline’ Film Cinematography by the maestro Luca Seretti

Lifeline is a Sci-Fi film cast in 2020 and features Alain Rangel as the leading actor and Mario Orazio Ruvio, the second actor. The film explains how everyone vanished from the face of the earth during the Spring of 2020, except a single man. The film’s cinematography indicates professional levels based on the types of cameras, lenses, and lightings used. The light aspect ratio is impeccable, which has made the film be nominated and chosen for awards. The crew in the film have various tasks that have helped them develop an in-depth insight into the shooting requirements and direction of cinematography.

The cinematography in this film is epic since it provides authentic visual storytelling where it incorporates all the on-screen visual elements that enhance its efficiency. Some of this film’s cinematography features include lighting, framing, camera motion, exposure, color, focus, and zoom. The film won the best short film title at the Dreamachine film festival due to the cooperation and coordination expressed by the crew and the epic cinematography direction by Luca Seretti, the cinematographer and editor. The cinematographer ensured systematic coordination between cinematography and editing to ensure that the visuals were in line with the audio in all aspects.

Consequently, the cinematographer and the director were much concerned about the film’s visuals since there is adequate lighting in all scenes to ensure that the audience has a chance to grab the concepts adequately through visual expressions. Incorporating visual effects such as integration of a generated environment and live action has been instrumental in ensuring efficient communication of the film’s intended purpose. The director of cinematography in the film, Luca Seretti, has provided adequate capturing of all crucial scenes to ensure there is proper coordination and transition between events to capture the audience’s attention through a systematic flow of the film.

Alain Rangel during the casting of Lifeline.

This film has exhibited tremendous achievements due to its winning the Dreamachine best short film title and currently being at Hollywood’s monthly film festival semifinals. These achievements can be owed to the unique story presented by the film, which creates eagerness among the audience as they are willing to know more about reality and preceding scenes in the film. Choosing different scene venues for the film’s cinematography also creates a sense of freshness among the audience and agility for the crew members to handle transitions. This entire scene-setting and expression of visual moods can be accorded to the professionalism of the cinematography director, who has been able to direct impressive acts shots for the film due to his vast experience in the industry. Luca Seretti has been at the central of cinematography as a cinematographer and director of photography on various Narratives, Commercials, and Music Videos. Luca Seretti ensures a combination of different aspects of cinematography, such as motion, exposure, and color in this film. The camera is steady during the moments of motion, which allows a controlled and quiet view of the scene without blurs and blockages. Also, the choice of bright colors for the backgrounds has been essential, thus ensuring that there is attractiveness to the viewer’s eye.

Having won the best short film title at the Dreamachine International film festival, it shows that the development of Lifeline was a continuous consultation and coordination of ideas led by the director of cinematography to ensure that the video becomes attractive. One of the lighting techniques used by Luca Seretti is the use of fill lighting, where there is the use of key lights to remove dark shadowy areas in the scene. This technique is noticeable due to the clarity seen in the characters and the dimension of the stage. Also, practical lighting is evident in the film when Alain Rangel gets into the office, and there is practical lighting from the ceiling and the computer monitors. These forms of lighting help to enhance tiny lighting details that function within the scene. There is evidence of hard lighting during the challenge between Alain Rangel and Mario Orazio Ruvio at a chess game. Many details on surfaces are shiny, signifying the presence of natural light such as sunlight or a powerful artificial lighting source. Thanks to the cinematography director, these techniques have been crucial to the film since they are significant in creating a meaningful atmosphere and a visual mood for the audience.

Figure 3: Mario Orazio Ruvio during the casting of Lifeline

During cinematography in the film, there is a constant highlight of the fictitious acts, such as when Alain Rangel is in the office and receives a call from Renata Murtòl, who claims to be God. The caller implies to known Rangel and states that he can redeem the world by beating his expected competitor in chess. At this point, the office seems to be in a mess, and there are attires on seats and the floor, signifying that people’s bodies vanish, leaving their clothes behind. The highlight of this scene in the office creates a sense of interest in knowing more, and the audience begins to gain a sense of belonging to the film’s storyline. Also, there is a highlight for the same fiction when Rangel wins the chess game and Murtòl vanishes, making sense of change in the situation where Rangel wins a lifeline for his fellow humans. At this point, Alain Rangel feels relieved for having won against his competitor, who had initially intimidated him and is also determined to save humanity since he needs people to help him feel alive and enjoy the feeling of being around people. Due to the coordination of the events and the actors’ performance, the film becomes exciting and of significance to the audience.

Ultimately, editing techniques by the director of cinematography have helped to piece together parts of the film to help it become consistent, simple, and straightforward. A presumably used editing technique for this film is the continuity cross-cutting technique, which helps to bring together the consecutive parts of the film, thus promoting the flow of ideas. Matching cuts in a film is a significant editing skill that supports the continuity and relevance of the film in all dimensions. Therefore, this film is successfully vibrant due to all crew members’ selfless efforts and the directors. Even with excellent acting skills, a film cannot be successful without the active performance and professionalism of the director of cinematography, who helps create a public image of the film for attractiveness and capturing the audience’s interest. Thanks to Luca Seretti, the director of photography, for bringing out such a thrilling piece that has won titles and will keep winning.