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Chaz Olivier

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  1. Im up to DP my third feature and we are shooting for 20 days. Its pretty ambitious for the budget but we arent doing anything super crazy - it is very much like the movie Prisoners in tone, story and cinematography. The Producer is wanting to shoot single camera, as to not have to spend money on the extra B camera, crew and post costs that come with more footage, and instead is in favor of getting more gear to make a better A camera. My initial thought was that we would need two cameras to make our days (I shot two cameras on my last feature, which was a comedy, and being able to leap
  2. Hey so I am DPing my second feature, and it's a road trip comedy- and we are considering shooting all the car interior shots on greenscreen as it would save the production money. How should I go about this? I don't have much experience with greenscreen and I would love all the tips and tricks I can get to pull this off so it's Believable. My thoughts My plan is to shoot the car against the green screen outside on a large greenscreen, I'm thinking 20'x40' backed off around 40 or so feet to minimize green spill. I'm planning on shooting east so the sun acts as more of a backlight, and a
  3. I have a set of Red Pro Primes that I have been renting out with my Red Dragon I am considering replacing- but I wanted to get the opinion of more experienced DP's - I am considering selling my RPP's for a good zoom lens. I get the feeling that people renting a Red would rather rent other lenses than RPPs. Here are some lenses I was considering buying in place of the RPP's Cooke 18-100 T3 Cooke 20-100 T3.1 Cooke 20-60 T3.1 Cooke S4i 15-40mm T2 or a set of 5 Zeiss Standard speeds T2.1 Which would you all prefer for your shoots, or would it be best just sell the lenses and r
  4. Yeah, I've seen those kino flo cfl! Are they small enough for standard household lamps(and not too tall as to stick out the top?) That hair dye tip is great, can they be sprayed with the dye? I'll use that for sure! How long to the photofloods last? Any tips on candlelit scenes? Or other combustion based/enhancing lighting
  5. Thanks Mark! I thought about that, but we are shooting the film(90pages) in 12 days, and I wasn't sure if At my current skill, if I would be able to spend the time lighting the set and still get the shot and performance. And we are getting an insane deal on the camera package from our rental agent Ric Halpern at Radiant Images. Also, the way the script is written, it's mostly day exterior, some day interior, one night car interior and three night interiors for the crazy scare scene at the end. So I thought it would be best to get a great camera, rather than top notch lighting due to the set up
  6. thanks Adrian! Great idea - really appreciate it!(as well as a lot of your other posts, I have learned a lot from you!) Have you ever tried(or heard of) people glass painting incandescent practical bulbs, and after tests, finding a color that could better match daylight, so that I can have relatively consistent color temp when the key is natural light? Could that work?
  7. Hey guys! I'm new here, so hello! I am DPing my first feature(horror genre) and due to the fast pace schedule we have, we will only have time and budget for minimal lightning - so I want to rely heavily on natural,practical and modified practical lighting, working with the PD to light the scene- a lot like what Dallas Buyer club did. I know that a lot of the work will be in finding the right locations, but setting that aside, what are some tips you guys have, or innovative ways you guys have lit practically! Currently, I have thought of the possibility of using oil/Gas lambs, mult
  8. My friend is in their Cinematography program and he really likes it My other friend was in the program(he wants to direct tho) and he hated it to the point of dropping out after his first semester and is freelancing. The down side is that I hear you don't get to use the "good gear" until junior/senior year - which for me is part of appeal of school - access to gear. But you will go through school, have a great time, and once your out, you will start as a PA mostlikely doing what ever I would say get on pro gigs while in school, so you have some real world experience. You will be
  9. How about "Director of Photography:Lighting". I know it's not a real term, but There was an instance where I was on a set, and the DP was not comfortable lighting at all, so they "promoted" me from gaffer to DP of lighting, and he became DP of camera(he didn't want any credit for lighting). He was solely focused on camera, and I was solely focused on lighting.(having complete creative control.) I suppose it was a co-DP senario.
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