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Alejandro Gonzalez

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  1. Thanks guys for all the comments. I have a better understanding now. Yeah I believe now it all has to do with the angle and camera settings of the production photographer/videographer. Thanks Kenny for that reference on color theory.
  2. Hey guys, I am not a cinematographer, Im just curious about it. I've noticed in behind the scenes footage that a scene will look so lit up, but then after post the shot is dark with shadows and back lighting, beautifully lit. I have an intuitive theory why...Makes it easier to tune the exposure, shadow detail, highlights etc...Gives the color grader everything he needs to make the shot look awesome. And its done by calculating the power of each light relative to each other. But this could be completely wrong ha. Anyway, please educate me, I would appreciate it. btw, can anyone recommend a good book on the phycological use of color in filmmaking? If there is any.. Thanks
  3. You make a good point. How much do one of these cameras go for anyway? Like the Arri 235 Paul had mentioned?
  4. Hi, Im seeking a camera assistant position to learn more about working with 35mm or S16mm film cameras. The work would have to be in New York.
  5. If we get the budget for film, I should research a camera to buy, so I can get use to loading that one model if the loading methods differ camera to camera.
  6. Thanks Heikki, I did not know that about color film. Practice will make perfect I guess.
  7. Paul thanks for your insight. I am well aware that film is to be prepared in the dark. I shoot film in still photography. In a darkroom a red darkroom safe light assists you by being able to see what your doing. With the bag, you cant see anything. Dont know if anyone of you guys have used that bag. Im more interested in learning how to work with film rather than digital despite the process. Like you said, the results can be rewarding. Digital is not that easy either from what I've read and seen. All those cables and LED screen menus and you need a DIT etc etc. Not knocking digital but I think theres a simplicity to film in a way. Anyway, understanding film is why Im on here asking questions and surfing around. As far as hands on stuff, Ill look around for workshops. I dont underestimate the knowledge and experience of anyone else, I welcome it. But I know Im smart enough to learn it too.
  8. Hm I see. Yea someone else above had mentioned that 35mm camera rentals are cheap, might have to dig to see if buying one would be more cost effective and as you said have a tech I can call standing by. How many magazines do they come with? Do you pre-load them in a darkroom? I saw this tutorial of someone loading a magazine using a light-sealed bag - and you put your hands through some sleeves and you gotta feel (no sight) that is crazy.
  9. Kool thanks guys. Its a drama. Might have two fight scenes but its mainly dialogue scenes. Im thinking a month worth of shooting. A friend of mine has this feature he's trying to get funded and he's talking to investors that might back the project. I told him I was interested in shooting it for him if he decided to go with film. And he's interested in going that route as well - if the money isnt too far off from shooting on an Arri Alexa. He's planning on shooting next summer. 2-perf sounds like a viable option. If I can do 3-perf I will - since he will want film festival presentations. Ill probably go with Arri cameras (cheaper than panavision???) And Zeiss lenses or any other recommendations?)
  10. Say I wanted to film a feature, what would be an estimate for the budget of the Cinematography department? This would include the camera, dolleys, lenses, but most especially - film. Im talking about an indie here. So what would be a good option if I wanna show this at film festivals? 35mm 2-perf, 3-perf or S16mm? Whats a ballpark figure for all these options? Including processing and scanning? How would you edit this btw? Can you use Adobe Premiere or Final Cut?
  11. As I watch movies I notice how the camera keeps it focus on an actor as he moves from one position to the other, moving closer/further and left to right and the camera keeps focus on the subject. I notice its a little off sometimes. On some movies it looks like the focus was way off but the shot was so vital that i guess they had to leave it in. Anyway, my question is how is this done??? Is it done manually? Or does the camera auto-focus? Film cameras and digital alike.
  12. Just wanted to know how a scene would be metered if your trying to get the correct exposure of the set - not necessarily a particular subject - but the whole shot as a whole. Say this shot for instance. Would you walk all the way up to the empress and incident meter her since all the light will be hitting the dome? Or would you spot read? Love this movie btw beautifully photographed.
  13. Just saw your reel, great stuff man. yeah i agree. and plus the backlight would have helped me with the exposure. the day of the shoot when they have everything setup i will see if i can sneak some shots in without bothering folks. im the story artist for this project. By white card do you mean white reflector as used in photography?
  14. Got it. Thanks man. This is actually the frame that came out blurry. But not as blurry as all the other ones. I was afraid to open up my aperture to f1.8 as I wanted more depth of field and sharpness. Guess i should have. Its better than having hand held camera shake.
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