Wide Open Camera & JAG35 Whistle Bait Trailer


There is nothing like grabbing a bunch of cameras and heading out on the town to shoot an original story. This past weekend I had the chance to shoot a very cool nightclub event called, The Whistle Bait. This is a monthly event put on JAG35’s Misa Garcia. “It’s where the 50’s meets the 60s.” Patrons show up to the Bordello club in downtown LA for a night of Rockabilly, dancing, and live burlesque. Wide Open Camera has been working with JAG35 on a short to showcase the lifestyle of the people that call The Whistle Bait home monthly. The detail of the clothing and the lifestyle of The Whistle Bait is something to see for sure. Patrons are very proud of their night and show up en masse to celebrate and have a good time.

The front runner was the new Panasonic AF100 camera. This was supplied by Birns & Sawyer Hollywood and they pared the Panny with a set of Zeiss 35mm PL mount Super Speed lenses. At a maximum aperture of T1.3, they are the winners in the low light game. Not to mention the legendary optical performance of Zeiss motion picture lenses. Dan Chung brought his new Panasonic GH2. He had it pared with a Canon FD 50mm F1.2L and a Panasonic 20mm F1.7 lenses. This is the new M4/3″ mirror-less camera that shoots 1080p. What was really cool about these Panasonic mirror-less cameras is that it allows you to essentially mount any lens on the camera. Giving you the flexibility to get the right look for the story. Misa Garcia was roving the crowd with the Canon 5DMk2 and a Canon 35mm F1.4L. We were shooting at wide open apertures and at ISOs over 1250. I was really impressed with the performance of the AF100 with the PL mount. The form factor of the camera made it easier to get low & high angle shots with ease. And the PL mount Zeiss lenses were ultra sharp wide open with little to no breathing.

A big thanks to Birns & Saywer Hollywood for making this happen. It was a fun night to be a shooter and be around a group of great passionate people. What’s better than that to unfold in front of your lens? Enjoy the short teaser that gives you a glimpse into The Whistle Bait.


Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.