Premium Member David Mullen ASC Posted July 1, 2005 Premium Member Share Posted July 1, 2005 I just got back from London shooting this one-day music video in Stansted airport. Haven't started the post yet -- there are some challenges there. For a unique look, I suggested using the Varicam (in order to shoot everything at 50 fps) with the Pro-35 adaptor and JDC anamorphic lenses. I shot the lenses wide-open for a very shallow-focus look, and used a homemade black net filter on the front. We we recorded 16x9 720P full-frame with a 2X squeeze to the image. In post, I'll need to convert everything to slow-motion (i.e. play 50P at 25 or 24 fps) plus do some image reshaping. I might take some of the 2X squeeze out, add some letterboxing, etc. (the director sort of liked the look of the 2X squeeze though...) The shallow-focus look was real pretty, with all of those stretched anamorphic out-of-focus areas, the lens flares plus the flare from the net. We were shooting mainly in an area lit by giant glass windows, so there was a lot of natural light. We had a three-foot tall robot puppet moving in the scenes, so I often gave it a backlight from a 1200 watt HMI PAR plugged into the wall; otherwise it was all natural light. The backlight gave me a nice kick off of the shiny robot. I set the camera to a 3200K balance, so the daylight was blueish except that I also crushed the blacks, raised the Gamma, and used the Matrix to lower the chroma to near b&w for a skip-bleach feeling. Normally for a feature, I'd save all of this for post but it seemed like an opportunity to play around in-camera. I put those settings in the +3 and +6 db gain settings, leaving 0db with a normal look in case I needed it. Plus I wanted some grit, so boosting the gain seemed OK, plus the Pro-35 loses more than a stop of light. But it turned out that I had to shoot everything at the +3db setting with a 2-stop ND switched on inside the camera; I could have just done everything at 0 db. And this was shooting 50 fps with the shutter at 1/100th. The Varicam seems more sensitive than the F900. For some reason, it seemed harder to judge focus with the Varicam b&w viewfinder than the Sony F900 b&w viewfinder. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.