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Forget the Leica--this movie was made with a homemade lens

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Does photography and filmmaking seem out of reach because of the expensive equipment it requires? Well, take a few minutes to check out this short film from Northwest filmmaker David Hanagan. David, the former Studio Director at Seattle's Northwest Film Forum who now works for the Northwest Film Center in Portland, has taught classes on making lenses, as well as 16mm and digital filmmaking.

This movie was made entirely with a camera mounted with a homemade lens, complete with toilet paper roll and electrical tape. There's lots of info (and a fantastic still gallery) on the web about making your own homemade lens, but for now just sit back and enjoy this homage to 1960s sci-fi.

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