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Marc-Andr

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    Cinematographer
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    Montreal, Canada
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    BMPCC
  1. David is awesome yes! His insight is always useful.
  2. Thank you! What do you mean by Rec709 encode? What I do is I use the film log space and I grade it all manually. I don't use the horrendous bmpcc film to rec709 LUT in resolve.
  3. Hello all, I wanted to know if it was a good idea to slightly sharpen the bmpcc footage in resolve for theater projection at film festivals or if it's better to keep the footage unsharpened. I find that when I apply a very small radius light sharpening it makes my images a lot better but would it look good too in a cinema or would it make it look too digital or draw attention to the pixels?
  4. Lolll thanks Robin. Kenny, what about the extensive greenscreen work in Toxic? The motorcycle scene, the laser room backflip, the wall climbing. Are you saying the keying was done on sd resolution?
  5. I'm not gonna lie, I like this over the top look. But I'm probably biased since all these pop videos were my teenage years. Ohh nostalgia :P.
  6. I've always wondered how the videos from the early to mid 2000's were made. I guess they were shot on 35mm but some of them look very videoish with the blown highlights, crushed shadows and extreme contrast and saturation. It's hard to see the texture since they're all in 480p on 4:3 format. Anyone has an idea? Here is what I'm talking about: Britney Spears - Toxic https://youtu.be/LOZuxwVk7TU Christina Aguilera - Can't hold us down https://youtu.be/dg8QgUIKXHw Beyoncé - Crazy in Love https://youtu.be/ViwtNLUqkMY
  7. Do you also use regular incandescent bulbs on practicals that light the talent or only on the practicals that are more "decorative"?
  8. Hey guys, I was wondering what are your preferences for practical lights bulbs. Do you use standard 2500k incandescent bulbs or do you try to match 3200k? Or both depending of the look wanted. I know that Kino Flo makes 3200k CFL bulbs for practicals but they're pretty expensive. Personnally I found some Globe brand 3200k halogen screw bulbs and they look really nice. I also bought a few 150w and 250w 3200k halogen bulbs like that http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/854069-REG/Sunlite_03055_250T10_Frosted_Halogen_Double.htmlto use in clamp lights since I only have smaller than a 1k fresnel Arri, which is pretty heavy and overkill to scrim down too much. Do some of you use photoflood incandescent bulbs for practicals? The fact that they burn out very quickly would make them very annoying, no?
  9. The art usb dual pre is a preamp for your microphone so you can boost the gain cleanly without noticeable noise.
  10. It looks like a medium sized studio with a grey backdrop. A softbox with grid at right for the key light, no fill and a kicker at left. And there's also a background light to make a pool of light on the backdrop, probably a focused fresnel. it's pretty simple actually.
  11. That's some nice work you have? How long have you been doing this?
  12. Hello Swtiris, the NTG-2 works with either a battery or phantom power from a preamp, mixer or recorder. I would buy the H4N because it has XLR inputs. However, the integrated preamps are really not good and will give you a lot of hiss on your sound. You need a dedicated preamp before the recorder. You don't need to go really expensive, I have this http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?N=10615405&InitialSearch=yes&sts=piand it gives me 40 db of very clean gain. You can use a 9v battery to power it so it's portable for field and dialogue recording. Also note that a shotgun microphone is not good for interior dialogue. It gets phase issues with the reverberation of the space, it's a lot better for outdoor. That being said, if you are close enough to the talent it should still sound half decent.
  13. Yes definitely! When you say for effect, you mean a color effect or for playing with the intensity while filming?
  14. Yeah dimmers.... I avoid them as much as possible. I don't have 1/8 and 1/4 ctb to counteract the color change, I only have 1/2 and full.
  15. I use the double scrims, but I find they leave a grid pattern on the light beam. I also have nd gel that I have yet to use. But I should just use lighter lights I guess when I need a dim hard light. I could use either my led panels or some clamp lights. The double scrims are supposed to cut 1 stop of light but I'm not sure it really is the case.
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