Jump to content

Stuart Brereton

Basic Member
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Stuart Brereton

  1. This is something that i am going to be doing on a short film early next month. We are shooting s16 framed for 2.35:1. The camera is an SR3. Arri are kindly marking up the GG for this Aspect Ratio. Although we're shooting primarily for a tape finish, there is always the possibility of a 35mm blow up. I, too wasn't sure about the process of optically blowing up s16 to an 35mm anamorphic print. Dominic Case was kind enough to share this information with me: "If you go for an optical blow-up, then it's most likely that they would need to take it in two stages. Almost certainly this would be a straight blow-up to 35mm IP (still flat), which would be effectively the same as a conventional blow-up: then you would have the squeeze process in the DN stage, using a conventional 35 to 35 squeeze set up & lens on their optical printer. It's also worth considering a digital blow-up, as the squeeze can be done quite painlessly in the digital realm." Hope this helps (and thankyou Dominic!)
  2. I use a Canon EOS 10D. They're discontinued now, replaced by the 20D. It's 6.3 megapixel camera with a CMOS sensor that's very close to a 35mm (movie) frame in size. I often use it on shoots as an exposure guide if metering the scene is tricky, or if I'm in a rush. I usually set the camera to shoot bracketed exposures, so you get three different frames to examine. I don't particularly trust the LCD screen, so I usually take my laptop along. With an adaptor, it's really easy to slip the CF card out of the dSLR and into the laptop, then open the stills. I find this approach works well - generally speaking, if it looks OK on the dSLR, then you know you're OK on the Neg. Sometimes though, the SLR can be misleading. I shot a s16 music video last year which had some 6 lights in frame, pointing directly at camera. The dSLR images showed huge amounts of flare, almost unusable shots. I was worried, because I was shooting most of the video on Canon zooms, and if the flare looked bad on a dSLR with a prime lens, then surely it was going to be worse with my zoom? No, it was absolutely fine. Even though dSLR's have better latitude than video cameras, they're still not as good as film, and I'd obviously pushed it too far. The only other problem that I've really encountered is the fact that there is a restricted range of ASA settings on the camera, 50, 100, 200, 400 etc. If you want 1/3 stop ASA settings then you have to shell out for the 1Ds One plus point is that there is an abundant supply of quality second hand lenses for Canon cameras (as there are for Nikon), which means that you don't have to spend a lot to get a few fast primes.
  3. Start a thread up, J. I use my dSLR quite a lot, and it would be interesting to hear how others are using theirs.
  4. It's not on Les's site, but I read about him doing a conversion like this. I think it was on the Commiecam site.
  5. Apparently Les Bosher can do a new turret for the 1M with both PL and OCT 19 mounts on it. That way you'd still be able to use all your Russian lenses, but have the PL there for 'serious' stuff.
  6. I've seen this happen many times, in fact I was probably guilty of it myself a few years ago. You get given a lighting budget and so you take a look at the Lee Lighting catalogue and go hogwild! You hire all the toys you've never had before, regardless of whether you need them, or whether they are appropriate, and then you waste valuable time trying them out just because they're there. I've seen "DP's" hire Dedolight kits and Redheads for a DAY EXT car shoot with no genny. Why? Because they've 'heard a lot about Dedolights' and really want to try them....
  7. This may help: www.commiecam.com/konvasmag.html If not try contacting : www.geocities.com/russiancamera Olex may be able to help you.
  8. A good friend of mine was directing some spec commercials. Her DP refused to take direction, insisting on deciding on his own angles and coverage. He refused to white balance the camera (" It's not the way I work..."). He also virtually refused to talk to anyone except the 1st AD (they were friends) and when he did so they spoke only in Portugese (they were both Brazilian). The rest of the crew were amazed at this behaviour. When he was eventually fired, he got so mad he almost had to be forcibly removed from the set. In every trade there are prima donnas and people who have far too high an opinion of their own ability. Everyone meets one sooner or later. Hopefully, you won't have to deal with another one in the near future.
  9. Definitely transfer s16 as 16:9 FHA (Full Height Anamorphic)
  10. I use DVD Studio Pro on a Mac. It's pretty straightforward, and a lot more powerful than I need. You can burn your discs directly from within the program, or create a disc image to burn later. I usually do this, and use Toast Titanium to burn the discs. There's probably simpler ways, but this one works for me.
  11. I use DVD-R discs and generally have no problems, as long as I use a 'quality' brand like Sony or TDK. Cheaper brands are fine for data storage, but for for showreel purposes, if I want to be confident the disc will play in most DVD players then more expensive discs are required. I don't know if this is also true for DVD+R discs.
  12. A grip with track & dolly (a Fisher 11, for instance) will set you back about £600+ vat a day. Steadicam operators are frequently around £1k per day. So, hiring a grip will be cheaper, but you'll probably get more done with a Steadicam, purely because you won't be laying track. Aside from financial considerations and time, there are certain types of shots that are better done from a dolly than a steadicam, and vice versa.
  13. You need to make sure that you don't overpower the city lights with your own. On 500asa stock a stop of t2.8 should be about right. For beauty lighting a girl band, you should be looking at soft frontal lighting, combined with some hard backlight. Getting the makeup dept to apply lots of moisturiser to the girls' skin will help with getting a nice sheen, paricularly if they are dark skinned. Using your DSLR is an excellent way to get an idea of the right exposure for the background. Have Fun!
  14. I think Mike was referring to special processing in general, rather than any particular technique.
  15. I use Rushes (rushes.co.uk) a fair bit and they've always been good to me.
  16. To be fair to Oliver Stone, he did not create the idea of a conspiracy in the Kennedy assassination. his film was based around the book by Jim Garrison, which was itself only one of several competing conspiracy theories. That the kids in your theatre company had no idea about the facts and theories surrounding the killing of their own President says more about the US educational system than Oliver Stones' filmmaking.
  17. Of course they're incorrect. It's precisely because people say scan when they mean telecine that people like Christian get confused over terms and what to expect from a post house.
  18. A scan and a telecine are different things. A scan converts a negative to data. A telecine converts negative to video, of whatever format you choose. The better the format, the less information you lose in the process. There is no such thing as uncompressed DV.
  19. Every lamp of this type I've ever shot has been VERY green. Not the blue-green you get from fluorescents, more of a bright yellow/green. Maybe they've improved recently, but I'd advise you to test.
  20. The term '2K Scan' refers to a data scan of your neg, not a telecine. If you're TKing to NTSC it will be 720 x 480 no matter whether you use Digibeta or DV. It seems a shame to go to all the expense of shooting 16mm, and then TK it to the worst digital format there is. Raise some extra cash and have it Tk'ed to digibeta, with DV dubs made for your offline. Once you have it cut, go back to your DigiBeta masters and conform it. I can't speak for TK facilities in the US, but most of the places in the UK that offer direct to hard drive services usually TK to tape anyway and then digitise from that. This mean that your 'Uncompressed QT Movie' hasn't been compressed by whatever system it was digitised, but will have been compressed by the tape format it came from.
  21. After every good take is sensible working practice. If you're using a zoom lens you can check the gate without opening up the camera
  22. I'm working on a short film to be shot on Super 16 (7205 probably). It's going to be TK'd to HD-Cam, then cut at SD, then the HD rushes conformed. The Directors are hoping to find the money for a 35mm print at some point, and they're asking which route to take: 1. 35mm film out from HDCam masters or 2. 16mm neg cut and optical blowup to 35mm. I don't know how these compare in price, but how about in quality?
  23. If you're using a Carnet, make sure it's all filled out correctly, every step of the way. I know of a Production co. that was hit with a bill from Customs & Excise for unpaid VAT on equipment that they had 'sold abroad'. They hadn't sold it at all, but the carnet was incomplete, and they couldn't prove they had ever brought the kit back to the UK.
  24. I saw this thread earlier on, and I thought to myself - "I bet Phil Rhodes says 'they're there to cover for the film trained DP' ". If only my bookie would give odds on it....
  25. First off, I'm glad that you are taking this seriously, that you have the same desire as the rest of us to learn our trade. What I said before stands, though - there is no quick, easy way. If you have projects that you need to shoot, hire a DP, and learn from them. Eventually, you'll know enough to do it yourself. This is a quite laughable statement. Generations of painters, photographers and cinematographers managed to produce beautiful images before anyone had ever heard of CGI. Do you honestly believe that the art of lighting can be reduced to a mathematical equation? Show me the formula that Storaro used to light Apocalypse Now, or that Willis used in The Godfather, or Conrad Hall or Jordan Cronenweth.... Please, get real...
  • Create New...