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  1. Thanks for the link Stephen ! It's very interesting, even if the Youtube compression is, as usual, quite awful. I've seen the movie a month ago and still think of it quite often, one of the best of the decade for me. It stays in my mind like some of my favorite directors' best movies (Malick, Erice, Edward Yang or Hou Hsiao Hsien for instance)
  2. Oh yeah, actually the first time I searched for it in the toolbar I wasn't logged in, so I didn't have all the results and didn't see your topic ! Visually the movie is outstanding too. It made me think a lot of Kubrick, with the push of the negative and the use of low con filters. It creates a very sensitive texture and feels alive. The grainiest scenes at night during the dinners and in the bedroom are gorgeous. It's kind of brave to do that now and to go towards a direction where people often consider these things as "mistakes", with weak blacks, lots of grain... Again, very much like Kubrick for Eyes Wide Shut. The thing I didn't like so much with PTA before was the need to show off a bit, a way to say "look at how great I am" (much less the case since The Master though). But here he managed to reduced his filmmaking to its essence, creating some of the most beautiful moments I've seen on screen in years. The scenes where they meet and the other one where he's sick and sees his mother are... wow. Incredibly intense and moving. And the end was so beautiful and subtle too, very romantic in a way, a strange love but about understanding, trust and full commitment to the other.
  3. Hi, I just watched Phantom Thread and didn't find much about it on the forum... Well, i'm still in the movie, and think it's an absolute masterpiece. PTA's best work by far. His most subtle screenplay without a doubt, with 2 amazing actors, gorgeous cinematography, perfect music and yet, the sum of it is so much more than that. I'm really, really impressed. What did you think of it ?
  4. Actually Rollei rebranded the old Agfa RSX-II 200 into the Rollei CR200 for 35mm and 120 still photography so you could have a look there, there's many things on the internet about it. It's a beautiful film stock, slightly warm and with less saturation than more modern reversals, looks very natural. But it's also more grainy. Without this grain it would be one of my favorite for still photography. It can be cross processed sure, but it will get very contrasty and you can't predict which tones you'll get. But it's worth a try!
  5. The thing is I didn't really like the look of The Artist. It's clean and elegant and with very little grain, but it's also kind of flat and it lacks the texture of true black and white. When you watch it it's clear that it's color turned into black and white. Unfortunately almost all the time you feel it when it's done that way. But I think one of the film that managed to do it the best was The White Ribbon by Haneke, it looked quite good I think
  6. Thanks for the link Kenny. It was also the best extract I have found of the UN54, but I'm not a big fan of the look of the stock from what I can see. Thanks very much for you offer Dirk, that's very kind! Double-X won't be an option on this project I think, it's too grainy and we're looking for a more modern emulsion. I'll look at Foma and also see what Adox can do.
  7. Yes, I checked many things on vimeo made with Orwo films, but it's always difficult to have an idea as it's not always clear what processing, equipment or telecine they used. It's often 16mm, sometimes with home-made processing or telecine... But from what I've seen I'm not really fan of the UN54. Dirk, the project will be in 35mm, not sure about the finish yet. But even if we go digital we want most of the look in camera, it would be just to adjust minimal things like grain. Thanks Aapo for the link, but I'm not sure it would be safe to make it with chinese stocks coming from ebay :)
  8. Thanks very much for your answers! I will check ORWO films then. Do you know films that were made with the UN54 and N74? I wondered also about Foma but Fomapan has not exactly the look I'm after. Dirk, thanks for the info for the Double-X. Isn't the new version too grainy on the big screen? It has beautiful contrast but I want to avoid grain as much as I can for this one. I remember The Turin's horse by Bela Tarr was made with the 5222. It looked gorgeous but too much grain for this project. I actually don't understand things about Agfaphoto. It went bust 10 years ago stopping film stocks, photo papers and everything. But then there's still photography films made by Agfa and even the Rollei B&W films have the Agfa logo on them... But all their products are/were beautiful
  9. Hi everyone, I am preparing a feature film and we want to shoot black and white. Do you know guy which stocks are available in B&W except the ones made by Kodak? I'm looking for a sharp and not very grainy stock. I asked Ilford what they could do and they can offer FP4 and Pan F in 30.5m only (about 90 feet). I'm not a great fan of B&W shot in color, I generally didn't like things I've seen and tested made that way and never found the texture of true black and white. I also have to ask to Rollei/Agfa what they can do. In photography I use the Rollei retro 80s a lot and it's pretty close to the look I want. I guess something close to T-Max or Ilford Delta 100 would be a good start for tests too. Do you guys have any idea where I could search (preferably in Europe)? Anyone has experience with Adox? Thanks a lot, Anthony
  10. Quite an old topic but it's always interesting to see people's choices. For me that would be: Movies: The New World 2001, A space Odyssey The Sacrifice (Offret) I also can't not mention The Spirit of the Beehives, not enough people have seen it. Directors: Terrence Malick Victor Erice Can't decide between Kubrick and Tarkovsky.... Cinematographers: Stanley Kubrick (he was so involved in the cinematography that I consider him to be one of the greatest DoP) Gordon Willis Harris Savides
  11. Hi everyone, For an experimental music video I'm trying to achieve a certain effect, of abstract colors, layers and forms that look a bit like Todd Cole's Aanteni opening: http://toddcolephoto.com/rodarte/aanteni He also pushed it a bit further in a beautiful photo series: http://toddcolephoto.com/many-lives-many-masters I don't know if it's microscopic photography or just macro. Do you have any ideas of how a similar effect of colors, layers mixing each others and cells-like forms can be made? I especially love the 7th and 8th pics of his series. At the moment I'm experimenting with food, liquids, milk, inks etc... and with dyes. Thanks : )
  12. Hello, I am actually making tests in order to create moody, organic, kind of abstract pictures with subjects out of focus but where the effect is never still and constantly evolving. As what I'm saying is certainly not very clear, here's a great video by Alexander Brown for James Blake that is a reference: Do you have any idea what he could have used, especially for the warm light effects at the end? Also, Bruno Aveillan's camera work is an influence. I had good results with close up filter moving just in front of the lens, also with prisms and different kind of glasses. Would you have other things to advice me? How could I play with lights coming inside the lens? I'd like to have ray of lights coming and going back from the frame, like something that is gently burning the frame from the inside. I think I'll also try to flash the lens from the side. Also, did anyone ever tried liquids in front of the lens? Thanks for your help!
  13. I'm sorry I can't help you for english universities as i don't really know them. Unfortunately since the education reform last year, it might be hard to find a not too expensive one in england...
  14. Hi, Unfortunately, there's no university in france that offers studies for cinematography but ony schools... The best one is certainly La Fémis but only accepts 6 students each year in cinematography. Otherwise, there's the Ecole Louis Lumière that is quite good but very theoritical, a lot of physics, work in studio etc... A few other schools exist but they're expensive and not as good so I think you should avoid them and stick to the 2 above. I also had very good feedback from INSAS which is in Bruxelles. Nice city, less expensive than Paris and friendlier. It might be a nice place to go! Or you could try other countries, there's a great school in Lodz, Poland (very international) or universities in english speaking countries. Good luck!
  15. Hey, Yes by practicals I mean available lights, that are part of the set. But don't have any idea of the wattage sorry. I think it's low though for all the christmas lights because very often there's a lot of them in the frame and he was rating the negative at around 1200 asa and shooting wide open. For the saturation I think it's more a matter of taste. If I remember correctly the movie, sometimes it was extremely saturated. Especially blue lights at night and red lights later and in the orgy scene. But it seemed kind of natural as well. Maybe because the contrasts were lower and the blacks very weak. But to me in your photo the orange are too saturated that's why I told about a correction blue filter. I have no examples of my pics here unfortunately, but I definitely recommend fuji 400h. Those pics I told you about were in a very dark place with the light coming only from one direction, soft and warm. Like when you're in a dark flat with the sunset light coming from a small window and exposure made for this light. I printed up the negative a bit and liked the grain it gave me in the dark areas, very soft and natural. But you're right 120 helped a lot :) Not sure it would look the same in 35mm....
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