Cinefade, the novel camera accessory was used to gradually transition from a deep to a shallow depth-of-field in one shot at a pivotal moment in The Commuter (2018), directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Liam Neeson's character Michael MacCauley is fired from his job as an insurance salesman. To accentuate this dramatic moment in the story, the background slowly becomes blurry, forcing viewers to focus on Michael as his state-of-mind shifts and the gravity of the situation hits him full force.
David wanted to gradually transition from a deep depth of field to a shallow depth of field in one shot to blur the background and isolate the foreground subject to draw attention to the depth of field effect and effectively communicate to the regular user the capabilities of the P10 phone and artistic value that the feature offers.
Five Film scenes that are pivotal to the story and present an ideal example of how a cinefade could be used in cinema.
Cinefade varies depth of field in a single motion picture shot at constant exposure, enabling Cinematographers to gradually transition from a sharp to a blurry background. The in-camera effect could be used to accentuate a moment of extreme drama and immerse the viewer in the story. The following five scenes from well known movies all demonstrate moments of extreme drama that could have employed a Cinefade to accentuate the drama even further.
There is a limitation in the application of cinematic depth as a storytelling device in professional filmmaking.
In the past, Cinematographers have always been limited to choosing a depth of field that stays consistent throughout the shot. A variable depth of field that creates a sort of focus blur or background blur effect has vast creative applications