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Adam Guzik

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    Canon T4i w/ 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses
  1. Thank you so much! I definitely think I could've gone warmer on some of the shots, but the fall colors were so vibrant, even on such an overcast, rainy day, that it would very quickly become too warm. Glad you liked the ungraded version, too! Yeah, after this test shoot, this camera isn't perfect - the lens vignettes a little at the widest angle, but, it's honestly not as bad as I feared. The Krasnogorsk only takes 100ft daylight spools, though; it's not like the Bolex, which has a removable top so you can use 400ft magazines. And yeah, the winds only last about 28 seconds each, so, this was about 2 minutes 50 seconds of footage altogether. I specifically shot this unfiltered because I really wanted to see how this stock would handle overexposure and then "pulling" it digitally, just because the great thing about film is that even though it blows out when its overexposed, it can't actually clip highlights the way digital does, so I knew that digitally "pulling" would be a viable option. I definitely brought the 500T stock along because I knew this would be a very run-and-gun shoot, and I didn't know what all conditions I would be in, so I needed the most versatility in exposure latitude, and the 500T provided that. I'd originally wanted to meter at ISO 100, because originally it was supposed to be sunny on the day of the train ride, but alas, it was raining pretty good, and I had to meter at ISO 200 just so that I wasn't opened all the way up, which is where the Zenit lens's sharpness is supposed to fall apart.
  2. Hello again, folks! Been a while! I finally got the chance to shoot some film again! About 2 weeks ago, I was able to take out my (relatively recently) purchased super 16 modified Krasnogorsk-3 with the standard Zenit Meteor 17-69 f/1.9 lens out on a train ride to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, where their annual Fall Foliage Festival was taking place. I shot a single 100ft daylight reel of Kodak's Vision3 500T 7219 stock, but this time, I shot without any filters and metered for ISO 200, overexposing quite a bit to see how that would turn out. Being my first time shooting on this camera, and the fact that my eyesight has worsened a little since shooting on the Aaton XTR Prod, a fair amount of the shots were out of focus, but! I'm thrilled at the colors I was able to get from this footage! Processing and transfer done again by Colorlab in Rockville, Maryland, who scanned it at 4K (4096 x 2408) on their LaserGraphics ScanStation. Film is just so nice to color grade; all of these shots were only 4 serial nodes in DaVinci Resolve. Piano music was also done by me. Graded Version: Ungraded Version, for any of you who want to tinker about with the footage and make your own grades: Would love to hear what you all think, barring the terrible focusing job I did, lol! Have a good one, folks! Best, Adam
  3. Hey, folks! Just as a forewarning: This doesn't really pertain to any specific camera, but rather, what I would love to see in a future, modern super 16 camera, features wise, tech-wise, etc. Personally, I'm torn between the super 8 and super 16 formats. I love shooting on Kodak's modern Vision3 stocks - they're just a joy to color grade, and super 16 is not anywhere near as grainy as I thought it would be. That said, modern super 8 ain't no slouch either, and the ease of use - especially in regards to loading and unloading - is seriously appealing. I keep thinking how awesome it would be if, after Kodak finally started shipping their super 8 camera (whenever that is, lol), they would make a super 16 camera designed to work with pre-loaded 100 ft cartridges or 400 ft magazines. I do understand that 16mm did use to come in cartridges way back when, but they did away with that for whatever reason. But imagine if Kodak made a super 16 camera that was as easy to load as super 8. You could have two models: 1 model for the 100 ft cartridges, and one model for the pre-loaded 400 ft magazines. The 100 ft cartridge models would look and operate much the same as Kodak's Super 8 camera, but bigger, allowing for the 16mm cartridges. Meanwhile, the 400 ft recyclable magazine camera would be like this: Kodak would sell the magazines pre-loaded with 400 ft of whatever stock, and it would work only with their 400 ft compatible camera. After you shot all the film housed inside, you'd send the entire magazine to a lab; the film would get processed/scanned, and the empty magazine would be sent back to Kodak to be re-used. Obviously, something like either of these cameras would be, like, inexcusably expensive, seeing how much Kodak's going to charge for their super 8 camera, but honestly, loading and unloading film is the one part of the analog process that makes me hesitate, and if Kodak were to eliminate that, I would throw all my money at. Of course, this is assuming something like this is even possible. I'm just day-dreaming here, yanno? Still, I think it'd be sick to have super 16mm cameras like this.
  4. Hey, thanks for replying to this thread! I got my film scanned 1080p on Colorlab's LaserGraphics ScanStation at ProRes 444. It was an overscan, so the final delivered video wasn't exactly true 1080p, but the scan was so sharp that it barely made a difference. For the delivery file, I first delivered in ProRes 444, and then converted to a super high-fidelity H.264 .mov via HandBrake. As for lenses, my school had already given out their prime lens set for their other Aaton, so I was given the Canon 8-64 Super 16mm zoom lens. It's a very awesome lens, though I had to be careful using it when I had on any filters; at 8mm, you could see the edge of one side of the filters. This might've just been me not putting the matte box on properly, but I'd still not use the lens at greater than 12mm with a filter on. Hope that helps! Have a good one! Best, Adam
  5. Hey Kenny! Thanks for commenting! So, the great thing about getting film scanned log is that the files you get back, whether it's DPX or flat-pass ProRes 444, 422, etc., are literally Cineon Log images. Since they are Cineon Log files, you can then directly apply a Kodak 2383 Film Print Emulation Lut. This is what I did. Resolve comes with a 2383 lut in 3 different white points - D65, D60, and D55 - for both Rec.709 and P3 target color spaces. For the above graded version, I used the P3 Luts, but I would actually recommend you use the Rec.709 versions. Just more efficient LUTs to use for your daily color grading needs. These LUTs do a fantastic job of starting off the finished film look, and you just have to make your corrections and grades before the LUT. Fair warning, you'll realize very quickly that even though it seems flat and a little unsaturated now, the 2383 Rec.709 LUT will really make colors pop - so make sure prod design, costuming, make-up, and lighting are all under control. As stated above, this short/test shoot/whatever was basically a "Let's shoot whatever I can think of, no prep at all!" kind of deal. I shot this short under both natural light, and sometimes light from CFL bulbs. The green light they emitted really made it hard to control the green tint throughout the image, especially with the LUT applied. So definitely be mindful of that, but if the colors are working together, as they are in the shot at 0:39, the results will be literally perfect - exactly like similarly lit and designed scenes from professional movies shot on film. In terms of shooting on 7219, I used an 85 filter with an ND.09 for the broad, noon-time daylight shots - even with the film's speed cut down to ISO 320 with the 85 filter, the lens was always 2.5/3 stops too bright for what my light meter read, making the ND.09 necessary for those scenes. However, for the sunset shots, I was able to just use the 85 filter with out any extra NDs. Everything else used the full sensitivity of the stock. In every instance, I metered for how much sensitivity I had - 320 or 500. No push processing here, though there were a few underexposed shots that I pushed in post, namely the shot at 1:48. Truthfully, I didn't find the 7219 too grainy at all, even when I did push it, though I guess that's more my own personal preferences. I'm actually going to try and attempt to shoot a 2- or 3-perf 35mm short film while I'm here in Los Angeles for the semester. I've already bought a short-end 400 ft. recan of Vision3 200T 5213, and I'm thinking of getting two whole 400 ft. cans of 500T 5219, too. The people at Reel Good told me 500T was the most expensive stock in terms of price per foot, and I'm guessing it's probably because of it's versatility. My reasoning for shooting exclusively on the 500T stock was somewhere along the lines of, "It's better to have more sensitivity than less to work with," and I'm guessing that's how most other people think, too. Cheers! And if you have anything else you'd want to ask, be sure to drop me a line. Have a good one! Best, Adam
  6. Thanks so much! This is my second time shooting film. I first shot motion film 3.5 years ago for my freshman film class; back then, it was black and white Kodak Tri-X 16mm reversal film. I had a really great time then, too. This was my first time shooting color film, and the Aaton XTR Prod was a much bigger camera - really heavy when you shoulder rig it for hours at a time, which I did the day I did my shooting - but I'd love to get one after I graduate, both to have such a really rugged, rock-steady super 16mm camera and for it's ability to shoot 23.976 fps.
  7. Hello, again! A big thanks to everyone who took the time to reply to this thread, especially Michael Rodin; his post with the DPX file convinced me to have my film scanned raw. Anyways, everything's been finished; I shot back over Thanksgiving, got my film processed and scanned, edited, colored, and put up on Vimeo! I've made graded and ungraded versions for you all to see! So, basically, from shooting and getting a RAW scan of my film, I've come to the conclusion that film is kind of just as ugly as raw digital footage straight out of camera, but color grading is where film really shines. Film just responds so much nicer than digital when you start mucking about with all the colors, and I was able to get the look I was after very, very quickly. Of course, from this shoot, I've also learned the importance of lighting, production design, and costuming: My mom was a good sport for letting me film her at all, but I wish I had told her to wear a different top. That bright turquoise turtleneck just throws off the whole color palette in a couple of shots, and man is it saturated; I tried selectively desaturating just the turtleneck to tone down the color palette a little bit, and at 50% saturation, it was still really distracting, so, I just left it alone. I've had this sort of trouble with digital images before, but now, having shot on film, I can see why so many people use more muted, natural colors for costumes for most characters, unless the story calls for otherwise. Anyways, here are the two videos; first, graded, then ungraded. Thanks a ton for watching! Have a good one! -Adam GRADED: UNGRADED:
  8. Hello, all you lovely folks! This is my first post here in this forum, so, quick introduction: I'm Adam; I'm a senior Cinema & Photo student at Ithaca College, going to graduate in May. So, in the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be utilizing one of my school's Aaton XTR Prods and shooting 2 rolls of 400 ft. Kodak Vision3 500T. It's not really for a project or student film - it's just going to be me mucking about with the camera and emulsion. It's going to be a test shoot of sorts, really. It's the Processing and Scanning part of the whole process that I need some help with. So, I've done a lot of research into the various Labs around the country, and all the different types of processing and all the different types of scanning. I don't want anything too fancy - just a really good quality 1080p scan that I can muck about with in Final Cut and DaVinci, to really test how film stacks up when it comes to color grading. The two primary options I'm looking at right now for Processing and Scanning are Cinelab and Colorlab, Cinelab for it's attractive student prices and Colorlab for it's more transparent processing and scanning methods. In that regard, here are my questions: 1. Does scanning to 1080p mean I'm totally locked into Telecine? I know Telecine isn't exactly ideal when it comes to scanning film, but does choosing to have my film scanned at 1080p mean I can only use the Telecine machines and not the higher-end scanning machines? Like, could one of the 2K - 7K scanners scan 1080p? I'm mostly looking at this from a price perspective, seeing as the higher-end scanners are more expensive. I'd rather not use Telecine just for quality's sake, so I'd like to find out now whether to spend the extra money or not on the higher-quality scanners. 2. I'd like to know all of your opinions on the different scanning techniques. How big of a difference is there between Raw, Best Light, and Scene to Scene scanning? I'm mainly looking at this from a color grading perspective. I understand that Raw will provide the most flexible image, but I'm not sure that all of the scanned film videos I've already downloaded and mucked about with were scanned Raw. Attached to this post are screen grabs of ungraded scanned film (very low quality YouTube and Vimeo video downloads in every case) that I have found to be able to grade to achieve the look I want. Would you say that all of these were scanned Raw, or were different techniques used for some of them? And would any of you have visual examples of the differences between the three different scanning techniques. Thank you so much! If you need me to clarify anything I've just written here, please tell me. Have a good one! -Adam
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