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Shawn Mielke

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About Shawn Mielke

  • Birthday 08/09/1976

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    Santa Rosa, Ca (1 hour north of SF)
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    flickers, noise, surprises, maps, magic, A Man With A Movie Camera

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  1. Wanted to second, or third, Godard and Coutard. Almost ten consecutive, groundbreaking, years of work from these two. Someone mentioned Tarkovsky and Nyqvist. An excellent combination, although they worked together only once. Tarkovsky worked with only one cinematographer more than twice, and that was with Vadim Yusov, on one student film and then Tarkovsky's first three features. Another superb combination...
  2. I would go with a 3CCD camera, not because of the improved color fidelity that you would obtain but not need, but because of the other IQ benefits that, generally speaking, are coming with what is an inherently more sophisticated (and more expensive) videographic instrument. It isn't just two other CCDs that most 1chip cameras are lacking in comparison. What the other fellow said: the lens, DSP, dynamic range, etc.
  3. In the future, I would begin by shooting wide open and dialing in-camera sharpening down as far as can be. Utilizing a longer focal length may further enhance this, depending on the shot/subject.
  4. The PD170 is an improvement over the PD150. Cleaner video signal. Simultaneous LCD and VF. Much improved LCD visibility in bright sunlight. More rugged handle. In the case of either cameras, however, an external recording device is highly recommended for any serious audio acquisition as preamps are shamefully low rent.
  5. I am smack dab in the middle of film noir gluttony. Portland OR's North West Film Center just finished almost an entire month of noir screenings, double features no less, and I have perhaps forty films more lined up on my Netflix que. Not that they're all great films, but as a body of work, if they can be considered as such, you can only learn heaps about black and white photography (or videography). Someone has brought up Fritz Lang, and that is important. Absolutely, see "M" in conjunction with your project. See also Lang's "Testmament of Dr. Mabuse". But the art movement that had a rather even handed influence on what is considered the golden age of "film noir" was German Expressionism, a movement Lang was not exactly at the center of (in fact, he loathed it). Nosferatu The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari So far, my favorite film noir proper has been Kiss Me Deadly Absurdist, delirious, anarchistic, ridiculous. 1955. The height of American noir's powers, imo. No Kiss Me Deadly, no Tarantino or Cohens.
  6. I've been achieving B/W in post with my PD170 footage for the past number of months. Pleasing b/w dv is definitely possible, and is a surefire solution to one of the format's weaknesses: colour!
  7. Yep, his work with Pasolini will certainly be remembered by some of us, more than the spagetti stuff.
  8. My advice is that you work the flickery, sickly, hollowed eye look into the misen scene. Cheapest way to go. :-] Sorry, not enough sleep last night. S.
  9. Price being no object, the Canon gives you high res 16:9, the option to use a good manual lense, or two or three, plus a lengthy optical zoom. Sounds good to me.
  10. I have seen the Criterion discs. Definitely a film worth several looks. Some of the scenes are a tad difficult to understand because of the "cinema verite/observational filmmaking" commitment to no voiceover or other techniques used to clarify narrative ("only life caught unawares"). There's sure to be lots of documentary theory related discussion on this film.
  11. He is Godard going into his video phase. He recognizes the immediacy of video in terms of artistic growth, and will experiment for a while, as all artists worth a damn should. His last film, Mulholland Drive, clearly spells out a criticism of the industry and it's vapid world and product that Lynch found himself in the middle of, and he is ready do things differently. He'll probably come back to film, but his thoughts and feelings are elsewhere for the moment. I'm willing to bet on this.
  12. Yes, I read and heard about that (dvd notes and commentary). The film scholar that did the commentary said something about one of the doctors being an amateur historian and particularly being into the French Revolution at the time. I've been watching mostly silent films for the last few months, for personal interest and edification, and I'm re-realizing the power of a music score. The music by Anonymous 4 enriched The Passion in unexpected ways. The abstract use of certain instruments to represent action within many silent films fascinates me. It makes silent cinema feel much more like a graphic art than do most of the talkies that make up most of the body of the history of cinema, to me. Recorded sync sound has given way to mere imitation of reality, where the human voice is everything. In any case, this much time spent with silent cinema has opened my eyes and ears to more of the potential of cinema. Joan Of Arc feels so damn modern with it's dollying and plethora of closeups! Amazing amazing.
  13. Holy Cow! Just saw this film for the first time. I'm completely blown away. I think a good part of it's impact has to do with how pristine the 1928 print is. Once again, thanks Criterion! Shawn
  14. It's funny. The long takes are what kept my interest in this film. I love the pace and structure and look of this film.
  15. Hi. I'm rather new to B/W DV, but my experiments are showing me that it's possible to get very good looking B/W video, but that the choices made during shooting are fairly different than the ones made for a colour product. Experiment with in-cam saturation as it pertains to grey scale. Framing seems to be quite different for B/W. It's an art, and certainly not a wimpy one. The emphasis seems to be on pattern and detail and contrast (a toughy in DV). And of course, post production tweaking of mids and blacks and all that. BTW, progressive scan video helps the impact of B/W enormously. Even if you're going to hire someone else to shoot, experimenting a little to help yourself get clearer on what you want is maybe good idea? Shawn
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