Broken Night: Short Made Entirely on Nikon D800 Now Available

Broken Night: Short Made Entirely on Nikon D800 Now Available

Nikon, who is responsible for making the film, Broken Night, to promote the Nikon D800, has now finally made it available online. The film shows off some of the low-light and shallow depth of field capabilities of the D800's full frame sensor. You can see the 10-minute short and behind-the-scenes clips online at


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Creepy film.

Soooo friggin scared right now!!

What was Nikon thinking? This was just freaky! And I wasn't extremely impressed with the video quality either. The dynamic range wasn't bad, but the shots of the girl in the car just looked terrible. Vibrations and moire gone wild...

For as much product splashing as they are trying to do, it seems like an odd [unfortunate] film to endorse. Canon / LaForet had a film with violence (Mobius) but it was adult male willingly making bad decisions that got him there. This video seems to show (and imply) the very worst in human nature against the helpless. A bit cliché with the white mom and girl (innocent/defenseless) vs creepy rednecks (savage/uncivilized). 

On a technical note, the D800 seems to be a less than ideal platform for image downsampling (video) as it would seem to be a recipe for moire patterns.

I believe the premise of the project was to demonstrate that the camera can make anything beautiful—even disturbing subject matter. Genres that lend themselves to beautiful aesthetics wouldn't be as challenging. But low light and tight angles are significant obstacles for any filmmaker to overcome. If I'm reading the tea leaves correctly, the objective here is to suggest that if the camera can make a grim story like this beautiful, other genres will prove less challenging. While I agree with David Arthur regarding the image quality (featuring the girl in the car) during the opening scene, the fact that a film of this quality was produced with an HD SLR is nonetheless impressive.  

The vibrations were distracting and an obvious flaw.  I couldn't focus on her dialog due to it.  However the downsampling is on Vimeo's compression versus the camera's.  Simply watching it full screen with Vimeo's scaling option turned off made a huge difference.  As an owner of a D800,  2K Intermediate files look great during grading and DCP delivery  

Having shot a feature with the 5D MkIII, The compression codec is much better than Nikons 24mbps limit and having less moire is a big plus. 

Awesome work. The website's Bts videos are very insightful. I love the decision either on Kaminski or Arriaga (the director) or the editor, to let the blacks go completely black, as opposed to lighting everything to compensate for noise. It really helped with the mood. He shot it not like video trying to look "filmic", but approached the photography as he would on any feature. Doing it that way made the film very cinematic.