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This is an exercise project for my cinematography class. The project calls for me to light a 'Night Scene' with a WS - MS - CU and reversal incorporated within it. This is my first time shooting 35mm and my second time using lights. I've always been intimidated with gaffing! I would appreciate any feed back. Thanks!!!

(shot w/500T Vision3)

 

http://www.vimeo.com/789010

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Why waste film on some ugly dude doing nothing? Get a babe in there or some kind of interesting subject matter. :)

 

The lighting looked okay, but whatever codec you used for compression was awful in terms of motion. Next time try H.264 with settings on high and a high bitrate.

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Thanks for your suggestions everyone. I'll try to get more adventurous with my lighting and subject matter. This was done with limited time and subject matter.

 

- Lighting is too flat, try to shape it a little more -

. . .I thought the warm lighting and the cool (blueish) lighting would help the separation within the frame. What do you think could of helped?

 

 

- Next time try H.264 with settings on high and a high bitrate -

. . .Its odd cause that is the codec I used with settings on high. Maybe the bitrate wasn't high enough. Do you think this may have caused this?

 

Thank you again everyone!

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. . .I thought the warm lighting and the cool (blueish) lighting would help the separation within the frame. What do you think could of helped?

 

I though the mix of colors looked pretty good, and the wide shots had enough modeling. It was the closeup that was flat:

 

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The wider shots could have used some edgelight for more 3-d modeling, but that's a matter of taste. You did a good job of using contrast and color for separation. I didn't think it was "safe," just "naturalistic." Pulling off a naturalistic look can actually be pretty difficult with artificial lighting, so I'd say you did a good job.

 

. . .Its odd cause that is the codec I used with settings on high. Maybe the bitrate wasn't high enough. Do you think this may have caused this?

 

Relax folks, we're looking at a Vimeo flash video, not the straight MPEG. Flash re-compresses whatever you've given it and wreaks havoc with interlacing and frame rates.

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I though the mix of colors looked pretty good, and the wide shots had enough modeling. It was the closeup that was flat:

 

post-366-1206137477.jpeg

 

Michael

 

Thank you for your input. I do agree with you on the close up. I'm not to fond of this particular one. I do like my wide shot and the two close ups in the beginning though. I still have a lot to learn and appreciate everyones input.

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Vimeo does not introduce motion streaking like that, as far as I know. It's got to be the initial compression. I would simply keep upping the bitrate until that motion blur/blockiness problem goes away.

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Vimeo does not introduce motion streaking like that, as far as I know. It's got to be the initial compression. I would simply keep upping the bitrate until that motion blur/blockiness problem goes away.

 

The only "streaking" I see is the result of displaying interlaced material progressively, which has nothing to do with the bitrate. You'd have to deinterlace the material before outputting the mpeg/whatever.

 

Other than that there's some subtle flickery/blocky noise, evident in broad areas of midtone. Those look like what you'd expect from flash compression, not H.264.

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