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Bruce Greene

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    specialist in narrative projects, features and series.

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  1. Yes, if someone walked through this room, we would need a couple more lights, but nothing big 🙂 Maybe just a few little LEDs hidden on the tables...
  2. I'm not sure about the "big gear" necessary for this scene. Once all the desk lamps have been plugged in, I think I could light this scene with just a few LED panels, all on ordinary house power 🙂 For example, I lit this scene with only 3 lamps. 2 small LED panels and one 2k bounce off the ceiling. The table lamps did the rest, as well as the great location. If the art department had not provided all the table lamps, it would have been a much more involved set up!
  3. You should at least get on the "industry experience roster" https://www.csatf.org/rosters-lists/industry-experience-roster/ If you are on the roster you are eligible to work on a union project. I believe if you work more than 29 days you will need to join the union, though you may want to join before that to begin to rack up your hours to receive union benefits. You can be a union member, but if you are not on the roster, you will not be able to work with a union production.
  4. Hmmm. This set looks pretty easy to light to get the effect shown in the still image... And it should be as a good set design is usually pretty easy to light. It's usually the hard to control practical locations that require the most skill and experience 🙂
  5. Karim, I do often shoot Portra for still photographs, and sometimes convert to b&w 🙂 It's only once and a while that I shoot b&w film these days... I understand your point about the bayer sensor for conversion, but for color correction, mood and matching, I still think I'd go with the color capture as one can be much more precise about the conversion. I'm willing to give up a little detail for that advantage. If I were shooting with monochrome digital capture, I'd want a pretty wide variety of color filters on hand while shooting, which would make for some very very good images!
  6. For what it's worth... If I were shooting a b&w movie, I would probably shoot in color and convert to b&w in digital color correction. With this method one can create the effect of any color filter during the conversion so it's a lot more versatile.
  7. As this is a cinematographer's forum, this is a strange question. Most of us photograph the films of others, so we are not "filmmakers" per se. What is it that you're trying to learn here? I've worked on hundreds or maybe even a thousand projects over many years, but I've only "made" 4 short films, as a "filmmaker" 🙂
  8. Have you tried google? https://www.freestylephoto.biz/black-and-white-filters-tutorial https://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/using-coloured-filters-in-black-and-white-photography There are many more articles if you search...
  9. when I shoot chroma key I always try to keep the subject as far from the green background as possible and light the green separately from the subject. In your example frame, the subject is lit very evenly. You might want to try to lower the fill light and / or brighten the key and back lights to get some more 3 dimensionality to your subject, if it fits your background image that will replace the green.
  10. For realism, just think about how our creator lights day exteriors. A large bluish soft light that covers the entire ceiling, plus one big hard source that just a little bit less blue (the sun). Recreate this on stage and you'll have it! The challenging thing here is the very large, broad skylight emulation. This either requires many many smaller units of soft light, or a very large white textile to either bounce off of, or light through. I was once on a stage a few years ago where they used about 150 large kino flow units (4x8) to create the sky light, and then they had various "sun" sources pre rigged to create the sunlight. It was very effective and realistic. Tungsten or daylight fixtures, it doesn't matter.
  11. Well, you don't need a LUT to get this effect. A simple way, if you're working in an editing app, would be make a duplicate copy of the shot and place it over the shot on a 2nd video track. Next, convert the duplicate clip to B&W. Then color the black and white image to match skin tone so that's it's a sort of sepia colored b&w image. Then, finally, change the opacity of the sepia/b&w image to a low percentage so that just a little bit of it shows. This will have the effect of reducing the saturation of every color except the skin tones. Adjust the opacity of this duplicate layer until you like the effect and done!
  12. The "30P" is probably really "29.97"fps for US TVs. But the more important question is what is the best frame rate for your distribution? For web distribution, just about any of the "standard" frame rates will play back fine on computers or phones or tablets. Though, I've found issues with 25fps on vimeo playing back correctly on my US Panasonic TV through the Roku/Vimeo app. In general, for world wide distribution, for cinema, streaming, and TV broadcast, it's best to originate at 24fps or maybe 23.98fps if necessary. 24fps can be sped up to 25fps for distribution in 50 hz countries easily. 3:2 pulldown can also be added to obtain 30fps or 60i for US TV broadcast. Cinema distribution is 24fps world wide. Conversely, if you need to convert from 30fps to 24fps it is difficult to get smooth motion due to the dropped frames. Hence the recommendation to originate at 24fps.
  13. Tiffen IRND filters had this effect. And it's not so easy to color correct them. Each density of filter has a different amount of greenish tint, and it seems that this green does not effect every color the same way. Maybe Tiffen has better IRND technology now, but I don't know. For a recent tiny project that we shot with a Sony A7RIII camera, I purchased IRND filters from https://breakthrough.photography/ And they were quite good, without a color cast. Though, in general, I do prefer to use a camera that has built in IRND filters matched to the camera sensor, such as the Alexa mini. I would conclude that the expense of color correcting these filters will be more expensive than the "bargain" on the used filters...
  14. You can see on the floor reflection that the windows are very much taller than appear in this frame. It's possible that the entire shot was lit with light coming through the window at the front of the room, with maybe, some little ambience added inside the room, but it's hard to tell. It's also possible that some augmentation of the window light is rigged above the frame, but it's not possible to know this from looking at this image. It's also possible, but unlikely if there was a significant scene to shoot here, that this is natural daylight only, available light as well. But, upon further viewing, it seems there is also some spotlight on the people near the wall at the back of the frame... 🙂
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