Picture quality to match powerful words
"The best moments in the film are by far the candour of the interviews," says Francesca. "Karim is a very shy boy, but on camera he is extremely poetic and effective. King talks about integration and citizenship in such a simple and understandable way, I was amazed by his wisdom and depth. Their voices speak the same language as millions of teenagers around the world who live in similar conditions."
For the interviews, shot environmentally among the semi-destroyed buildings of Villaggio Coppola and around the team's open-air basketball court, Salama shifted from 50fps to 25fps and leaned on Dual Pixel CMOS AF to keep his subjects in crisp focus while using a motorised slider. "The autofocus on the EOS C300 Mark II is amazing," says Francesca. "It's easy to stay in focus even with zoom lenses, by using the small square sign."
Shooting at the height of summer, the crew had both hot temperatures and bright sunshine to contend with. The camera's wide sensitivity range of up to ISO 102400 (also found on the newer Canon EOS C300 Mark III), coupled with its built-in ND filters, which provide a possible further 10 stops of exposure control (in expansion mode), allowed them to react to changing light conditions – including from the sun's reflections on the water when filming along the coast.
Filming in Canon Log 2 also increased the camera's dynamic range, giving them up to 15 stops to work with. "The dynamic range of the sensor allowed us to get incredible shots, from timelapses on the beach to silhouette shots," says Francesca. "In post-production we found the quality of the files to be excellent, allowing us to work really well on the colours in the grade. The EOS C300 Mark II has everything that a DoP needs." The EOS C300 Mark III takes this image quality a step further, with an innovative DGO sensor that can deliver 16+ stops of dynamic range, and is also compatible with Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The latest model also includes Canon Log 3 and Wide Dynamic Range options for Log recording.
Francesca hopes the audience will be "personally touched" by the Tam Tam team's story. "It is a symbolic, universal film of struggle and empowerment – and a dream that becomes a reality."
Tam Tam Basket won the Best Documentary award at IFF – Integrazione Film Festival (Bergamo, Italy), and has been selected to be screened at the Festival of Migrant Film (Ljubljana, Slovenia). It will be broadcast on Al Jazeera in late 2022, after which it will be released online globally.