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Mathew Rudenberg

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  1. I have a shoot coming up which involves compositing in a giant tarantula and I'm looking for suggestions on ways to shoot the spider to comp in and make it appear giant. We're shooting on Alexa at 2k and we will be shooting the background plates first, and then later shooting the spider against green on a raised greenscreen so we can get suitable angles. - Slow motion - I believe slow motion usually helps give small objects weight. Is there any recommended frame rate for this type of work? - lenses - I will naturally need to focus rather close. I am also concerned about shadows with how close I will be. I believe the Frazier lens system is often used for this kind of work and supposedly provides increased DOF. However it is quite expensive and we are not a panavision show. Is it worth it and are there other alternatives that are similar in quality. We've been looking into the Optex Excellence, Innovision Probe, and Century Periscope (which would be the cheapest) Any experience and recommendations regarding these lenses? - Lighting - I imagine I will need to light to a rather deep stop while not baking the poor spider. I have two cineo quantum 120s LEDs and a velvet 2 from thelight.es, which I think might be cool enough and bright enough to get the stop I need but would be happy for any suggestions. Also any thoughts on a stop I should aim for? Thank you for your time.
  2. hmm, that is very compelling - the color shift from ND filters, and IR filters in particular, is usually extremely annoying and compromises the image.
  3. I don't think your actors will catch on fire but I'm fairly sure they'll be very uncomfortable and I doubt they'd be able to open their eyes. Other then that it'll probably look good though.
  4. Are you saying the image on the external monitor doesn't manage the image on the red camera? It's been a while since I worked with the Red One, but it's possible you have the gamma set to something like 'raw' or 'log' which doesn't reflect the metadata (the iso, the whitebalance)
  5. Thanks for the tips guys. As I feared they sound useful, but not that useful... I'll probably ask for them but then drop them quick if I get any push back.
  6. I haven't used the Alexa XT and I'm debating internal vs external filters for an upcoming project. I would love to hear thoughts and opinions from ACs, Ops and DPs. Also if I have my facts right. As far as I can tell: Pros - no reflections - light weight - more space in the matte box Cons - Hard to access - have to take the lens off for each filter change I tend to change ND filters fairly frequently as I prefer to maintain a consistent stop and I'm concerned that the extended time necessary to change a filter would outweigh the benefit of not having reflections. Thanks,
  7. Personally I wouldn't take a feature less then three weeks - which is already tight to do anything interesting. I think you could do it but it means stressing every day and compromising all the time. One of my ops constantly heads to Louisiana to shoot these low budget 12 day features. They get through them somehow and he says it's great training. My advice is be selfish - how do you benefit from this if you're not going to have time to make some good looking footage. Does it have a great script and/or stars attached. If not, why bother?
  8. Bringing it in closer would actually increase the amount of softness - a small frame near by creates the same size light source (relative to the subject) as a large frame far away.
  9. I did a little comparison of some vintage cinema lenses on my blog, the Alexa screen grabs at the end might be of interest to you: http://cinetinker.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/comparing-lenses-blur-characteristics.html Thanks for the tests - that meyer gorlitz primoplan bokeh is pretty phenomenal - where do you rent those/are they pl mount? I hadn't heard of those lenses before...
  10. Hello lighting people I'm looking to light a stage for an extended shoot and I want to pepper the set with a fair number of cost effective soft boxes that I can control to create daylight or moonlight fairly quickly. A couple years ago I did a shoot in Montreal where they had these marvelous 4k (4x1000w) 4x4 soft lights - like mini-coops. The gaffer gelled two globes 3/4 CTB for me and left the other two tungsten so we could switch between the two easily. Does a similar light exist in the states? I feel like I only really see coops and space-lights here - neither of which seem quite as convenient. Thanks.
  11. My wife used to be an AC, and she says that video made her feel physically ill :) Not being able to make those fine adjustments or be able to trust your marks is ridiculous, I'm glad they finally saw sense and agreed to make a change.
  12. For what it's worth, the steadicam operating and focus work immediately stood out to me as excellent - so many extremely fast push ins to close and then nailing the landing with no float and near perfect focus. I would imagine that with his love of improvisation David is the kind of director that doesn't like marks or rehearsals, which often leads to the kind of camera work shown in Silver linings playbook. You and Geoff really elevated the visuals of the film with your work. I immediately looked you guys up and noticed that you had worked on The Fighter as well even though Hoyte was not on American Hustle. I was curious if David specifically asked your team back?
  13. I attended a Q&A with him at the Egyptian theatre several years ago where he said that he shot it in black and white so they could save money on lighting - ie use tungsten lights and not have to worry about color balance. Also mentioned the weekends. Maybe the no lighting referred to exteriors?
  14. For your situation I would recommend you consider a slightly different but in many ways simpler and safer approach... What if you hire a balloon operator along with his/her rig? 1) Hiring a balloon operator and equipment would probably be similar in price to hiring and having delivered an aerial lift along with the light and cable needed to power it. 2) you would have an experienced and qualified operator 3) it's relatively mobile and and flexible (compared to a condor). 4) a balloon is far safer - ie. it won't topple over and crush someone/ kill he person in the basket if it isn't properly leveled or the ground shifts. Best of luck!
  15. The more cameras there are the more benefit for me to supervise rather then operate. For a single camera shoot I will always operate. 2 Cameras I prefer not to operate but with the right B-op and Gaffer it's doable. 3 cameras + and it's a disadvantage for me to operate, as my time is better spent managing the cameras.
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