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John E Clark

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  1. Oops... "The Post"(2017)... too many films in 2 days...
  2. This topic has a still photography counter part. For me, I'm in the 'deep focus' camp. Mushy backgrounds drive me insane. I looked at the kick off post on this thread, and was astonished to see it was in regard to the film "Dunkirk"(2017). I just saw this film a few days ago as part of the Best Picture series at a local theater. Throughout the film, all I could think of was, 'why is the background so blurry?" No of the original (few though they may be) images of the Dunkirk evacuation had such blur... The other thought was the somewhat modern looking buildings in some of the shots... b
  3. My experience in Dubai/Abu Dhabi did not involved filming. But did have a lot of equipment. That was handled by the host company, however Lufthansa lost displaced my luggage. A week later it showed up at the hotel. Very expensive hotel, mind. Since my visit was to industrial places, I didn't 'see' the beach, or other tourist attractions. Ok... the indoor ski slope... Abu Dhabi is different. A bit more conservative. The host would drive like a maniac, but the driver that was assigned to us for most of our travel around Dubai was 'very careful'. He was from India. The only nightlife
  4. The Wife and I have a couple of guilty pleasures of the various comic books/graphic novels adaptations to TV. For the both of us: Gotham Flash Arrow For me: Super Girl DC Legends of Tomorrow And not from a comic book/graphic novel The 100. I can safely say that all these shows have far better photography than any of the shows of my youth. 'fake' flying of Super Girl... doesn't hold a candle to the fakery of getting George Reeves to look like he was flying... then there's Adam West/Burt Ward dynamic duo in the mid 60s Batman. Ok, it was intended to be a bit camp...
  5. Well, in the typical commute time from my house to the New Beverly I can watch both on a mobile device, provided I'm not driving (ok perhaps 1 and 1/2 of the next...). Last week it took me 3 hours to get from Glendale to my office, leaving Glendale about 5 pm. At each technological advancement of motion pictures, there have been a set of viewers who have claimed 'film is dead'. Sound ended not only local employment for sound effects, some acting careers(*), but was also targeted as a degradation of the 'art'. Color, widescreen, etc. all were killing off the previous 'art' quality. I do
  6. I do not believe in the least that digital has 'killed/ruined/degraded/etc' movies. What digital has done is allowed me to view pristine images, in a crappy theater, in the middle of nowhere, or, absent a actual theater, given LTE coverate... on my iPhone. The first film I ever saw in a theater was "The Ten Commandments"(1956) (when it was new in theaters...), but most of my 'movie viewing' was by means of a crappy very old/used/donated to us 12 inch B&W TV (so I never saw most of the films films that were broadcastd in full blazing color until the BETA/VHS era) The point being
  7. From what I read from Roger Deakins is that he attempts to get 'very close' to his final look in camera, whether film or digital. He then 'tweaks' the color balance when color grading. In the case of "Oh, Brother Where Art Thou"(2000) he was one (if not the one...) of the first to use massive color grading via digital means, to make the 'dusty/warm' cast, especially taking 'green' fields of whatever and turning them in to a golden yellow... In any case, the main message is start with a color scheme, light to as best as can be expected for the circumstances of filming, and tweak later in po
  8. Well, I guess I break that law... I'm sort of in the F/64 camp for stills... diffraction be damned... and use swings and tilts to adjust the plane of focus for 'infinity' sharpness... rectangular lines be damned... or for motion pictures, the Greg Toland camp.. use a split diopter to get the impression of infinite DoF. On the other hand, if one uses shallow DoF... at least get the actor's/actress's eyelashes sharp... and a head brace for said talent to render their head immobile for close up shots...
  9. Select H.264 and select either "match source", or set the parameters custom. I have no idea why Adobe puts up the MPEG4, then only has 3GPP as the two options. Could be some sort of stupid licensing issue. In any case, when I File->Export->Media and then in the setup dialog select H.264, there's a pull down of a number of options, select the "Match Source High Bitrate" if it is not selected, or "Match Source Low Bitrate" or click on the check box for those parameters you want to change.
  10. It is my observation that 'pitches' are far more extensive than in the past. In the past, perhaps a script, perhaps a name, perhaps a art board presentations. These days it appears one needs to have something like a short, a presentation, executive package for financials, etc. And of course someone with a name always helps... While I'm not in contact with Blomkamp... I suspect he's doing some self promotion, for some types of projects. "Chappie"(2015) wasn't absolutely phenomenally successful... and the industry seems to ask... 'what have you done lately'... regardless of past achi
  11. Speaking of handsigns... Gene Simmons, of Kiss fame, apparently was thinking about trademarking a handsign which he claimed to have first used in the 1970s, as meaning 'rock on'. Unfortunately it is also the ASL sign for 'Love(love you, etc.)'...
  12. ARRI has an app for the iPhone for their various models of lights. There may be something similar for name brand light suppliers, or perhaps they just have that as part of the light specs on the web. But for many of the 'cheap' lights, all they offer is either the wattage, or perhaps 'total lumens', which could be just from general principles rather than actual measured output, and further does not take into account the shape of the light out, given the lens/reflector configuration.
  13. One of my favorite 'historical' films was "Caligula"(1979). Of course with all the 'porn' added in by Bob Guccioni, the received professionals all disowned the film, ranging from Gore Vidal who wrote the book and script, to major actors, etc. But in a way, it stuck fairly closely to Seutonius' account of Caligula found in his "Twelve Caesars", written in 121 CE. Vidal sort of expanded and modernized the story found in Seutonius... who expects any one to study Latin these days to read Seutonius directly.
  14. I beg to differ. While Mozart was one of the first musical artists to 'go without patronage', at least to some extent, he did not have the luxury to put off composing, as his pay check was dependent on getting work out. Prior to that artists were usually patronized, and required to put out music for any occasion the patron wanted... regardless of the inclinations of the artist... of course if someone was 'brilliant' perhaps the patron would give some slack but not much. The demise of the patronage system, led to individuals competing with others for clients, and unless one was wealthy
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