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  1. Hi there, I have a film coming up which sits in the suspense drama genres with a touch of comedy. The director has put forward a number of Coen brother films like Serious Man and Fargo as narrative references. Anyway, long story short we have quite a bit of the film that plays out in a house up on top of a mountain. I am really keen to bring the scripts drama out by playing with contrast but I really want to retain my high lights and my black level so I have detail in them. Looking at Harris Savides mainly, Lance Acord and Matthew Libatique in Mother! They really nail this dramatic look. Please check the references I added from Mother! and God’s Pocket. Looking at the references I would like to know what your preferred why or technique is to control the int exposure with ext spaces in the shot. I can see in Mother! the windows are looking out onto trees which are some what darker which helps the contrast. There are options with the ext. but I am curious to hear about techniques where I can increase the ambient light in the house without it looking like I have lit it. I am shooting Arriraw on Alexa Mini with Baltar lenses. It’s my first film shooting Arriraw so I have not tested this extensively. Kind regards, Jacques
  2. Straight Outta Compton Trailer IMDB LINK http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1398426/ "The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood." Director F. Gary Gray Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Absolutely amazing movie! Just go to your nearest theater, grab a ticket and enjoy a "biopic" mixed with urban culture, grittiness, music and Matthew Libatique's phenomenal cinematography, the best movie he has photographed ever under my point of view. The production designing is really really mind blowing! Shane Valentino understood how the movie should look like and the approach that he took elevated Libatique's cinematography quite a lot, with all the practicals and designs. The cast is just out of the world and they really believe they are the people who started NWA! There is not too much to say about the movie itself as everything that you might want to know is in the current (September) American Cinematographer's issue, very good article by the way. Very serious Oscar candidate (as every other biopic I suppose), in terms of Cinematography now Chivo has another contender! :) Go to the movies and get a ride! :) Have a good day!
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