Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Lindsay Mann

Filming a 90 year old woman

Recommended Posts

Shooting an interview with a prominent woman in her early 90's. hoping to make her look as beautiful as possible. We are shooting RED Epic, and I'm currently deliberating between the Angenieux Optimo 30-80 or the Canon 30-105. I want something relatively lightweight but not too sharp like I fear the RED zooms will be. Any other ideas out there? I might try to stay away from filtration and just have a couple Kino's pretty frontal on her.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Both the Angenieux & the Canon are modern zooms and are just as sharp as the RED lenses. If you want a softer zoom, try an old Cooke 18-100 or 25-250mm. You'll probably need to light to about f5.6 to get the best out of them, but they are lovely softer lenses (a little heavy though).

 

The Epic's 5k resolution is not going to help with minimising wrinkles either, so you should consider some lens diffusion. I like the Tiffen Soft FX filters because they reduce fine detail without too much halation around light sources. I'm sure others here have their favorites too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, I may use some BPM, but I think it frightens the post guys a little. Weight is a factor, otherwise I'd go with the Cooke. I haven't used the Canon or Optimo much, just wanted to get opinions on the sharpness. Guess I'll go see for myself. Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know why lens diffusion would scare your post production people, unless you have greenscreen/vfx work going on as well, and even then it would have to be pretty heavy diffusion filter to make a difference. Using a #1 Soft FX or similar is only going to be noticeable in a side by side comparison with a clean lens.

 

You could always just not tell them....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The 30-105 actually feels more Cooke-y than a 30-80 Rouge would. If it were a 28-76, I'd think it wouldn't be as harsh as a 30-80, but if it's between the two, I'd go with a 30-105. Aluras have that Zeiss-y sharpness. But a 30-105 with some Hollywood Black Magic or Classic Soft alone would do the trick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think your lighting is more important than lenses when filming someone in there early 90's, people of that age tend to be beautiful anyway. Just show her the way she is with high key soft lighting.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  


  • CineLab



    Metropolis Post



    FJS International



    Broadcast Solutions Inc



    Tai Audio



    Paralinx LLC



    Gamma Ray Digital Inc



    Ritter Battery



    Visual Products



    Abel Cine



    New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment



    Rig Wheels Passport



    G-Force Grips



    Just Cinema Gear



    Wooden Camera



    The Original Slider



    Serious Gear



    Glidecam



    Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS


    Cinematography Books and Gear
×
×
  • Create New...