This blew my mind. Here I was, posting earlier a short by Phil Bloom, which shows the incredible capacity of a DSLR to shoot almost cinema grade imagery with such visual impact and I thought it had nothing to do with Michael Mann, other than perhaps some tenuous shared aesthetic. Suddenly I am discovering a superb short he has done with a Canon 7D on the subject of horse racing no less. Not only that, but some footage comes from the Santa Anita racetrack. It doesn’t stop there… he posted his short film on his blog in March 2010, which is around the time when Michael Mann shot his pilot – which I think commenced shooting in April 2010. It all seems a remarkable coincidence.
Santa Anita attracts lots of film makers. We know that. And I believe Phil was doing a DSLR workshop at the time. But nevertheless, isn’t this amazing? These Bloom shots could be out of “Luck”.