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Eduardo Mayen

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  1. Hello to All! I will be shooting an extremely low budget feature on the Arri Alexa in the LOG C format and would like to determine the most efficient and inexpensive way to have playback footage and also make dailies with an established "look". This is my plan as off now; if i'm leaving anything out or i haven't considered something please point it out: 1. Download the Arri Look Creator for my computer. 2. Feed the software a couple of LOG C generated images from the camera. 3. Create Looks on the ALC. Save them and Load them into the Camera 4. Connect an AJA Key Pro-Mini to my camera and feed it the SDI signal with the "look" on it. The Aja box would also serve as a bridge for video village, so they can also see the footage with the look. 5. Shoot and record on the SxS cards in the LOG C format. Would this work? Would the footage recorded by the Aja box be a instant "proxy" creator for my editors offline cut? Would the quality be enough for everyone in production to review their work and see a close interpretation of what the finished product will be eventually. Any thoughts, ideas or advice would be incredibly appreciated.
  2. hello peter, who in america has these lenses? i'm based in Los Angeles and i've contacted Otto Nemenz, Clairmont Camera and Camtech and they don't seem have them yet, would love to take them for test drive. who could i contact?
  3. before anything, thank you oliver and thank you rob for all the suggestions. i'm actually lenaing more towards the solution that rob suggests, for a couple of reason. one, is that one, which already has been mentioned the 2x lenses are easier to find. two, i like a more dramatic fall off of the depth of field, the 1.3 and the 1.5 squeeze are not enough for me, and three, i don't mind zooming into the image and gettting less resolution, i'm actually trying to see as much grain as i can, i want it to look like a film that was shot 4o years ago. going back to the ground glass, i spoke to the boys at Panavision and they suggested that i get a 1.66 ground glass to accomondate for the super 16mm gate size, and then they would get me a eyepiece and a video tap that would unsqueeze th eimage to 2:35 for me for reference on set. does that sound right? Rob what do you mean by the 1:33 and 16:9? for a final unsqueeze 2:35 image, the 2x lenses should aim at a 1.66 target, correct?
  4. what should i use as a ground glass if i go this way?
  5. OK, i saw the new 16mm Anamorphic Hawk Elites and they appear like they can be amazing lenses to achieve anamorphic photography on a S16mm negative, but what other options do we have? Panavision Hollywood has a set that was made for Ché, but those are only two focal lenghts. Does anybody know where the Joe Dunton S16mm Anamorphic set ended up after the company was bought by Panavision?
  6. can i record sound with a super 8mm camera? is there a place in the negative for a soundtrack?
  7. I'm shooting a film in various formats: surveillance cameras, vhs, mini dv etc. Anyone have any experience in what kind of workflow i need to have to eventually go to a 35mm print from a DI? more especifically how do i create an online master? should it all come from my computer after it's been digitized at high res?
  8. i heard this rumor as well and since i could not get anyone to confirm or deny it. i tried it myself with 35mm still cartridges, but then went a step further, here is my recipe. baked-coffee retention process® 4-previously exposed 35mm color film cartridges 2-cups of Vanilla Nut Don Francisco Coffee preheat the oven at 350. put the film cartridges in the oven for 5min. fill a mason jar with the coffee and completely soak the cartridges for 24hrs. (make sure you see the bubbles come out, that will that the coffee gets in there) after 24hrs soak the cartridges in water for 48hrs to wash out the coffee, make sure you shake the jar from time to time. after two days take the cartridges out and put them outside in the shade so they get some heat but no directly sunlight, shake them from time to time to get the water out. take to your local lab and process. warning: they will hate you after this, but the results are worth it. check the results at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eduardomayen/page8/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/eduardomayen/page9/ i posted a total of 6 images they are the three last ones on page 8 and the first three on 9. enjoy.
  9. should my images be richer and more saturated when i shoot a -3dB, as oppose to 0dB?
  10. Any ideas on how to customize the XLH1 in order to make it more like a camera for photojournalism, like a street photographer would shoot a Canon EOS 5D. I thought about L-series EOS lenses instead of the HD Stock Lens, but i don't know if that is a wise idea because the L-series EOS lenses are not "HighDef". What is an efficient way to check, correct and follow focus when you are on your own? Many Questions.
  11. WITH OUT using any extra attachments...does anybody have any suggestions as to which is the "best" quality zoom that can be used on this camera. ie any manual zooms
  12. has anybody shot with the EOS L-Series lenses made for the still cameras on the XL-H1.
  13. Will a Sekonic 608 Combo Meter measure a flash?
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