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Having recently released my short drama Flashbulb for public consumption on Vimeo (watch here), I thought I'd write about a technique I used in the film, borrowed from David Lynch, called lens whacking a.k.a free lensing. I was looking for an effect to convey a burst of memory, a flashbulb memory, and fell upon the strange method of lens whacking via the swing dancing sequence in Mulholland Drive. Here DoP Pete Deming and Lynch introduce Naomi Watts' character by fading her in and out, and moving through extreme changes in focus through lens whacking. The effect is startling and perfectly captures the incorporeal, evasive nature of memory.
UPDATE: I've uploaded my VHS copy of Another Girl Another Planet here
I'd love to find more examples, or hear stories from other filmmakers who have dabbled in weird techniques and risked breaking their equipment for the sake of a film, so please comment below.