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EWS super speed T1.3 lighting set up and Cooke Varotal T3

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  • For the scene in which the Hungarian FIRST approaches Alice, I created some fill with a smaller curtain of the Christmas lights."

-So Larry Smiths says that they shoot nearly all of the picture at a stop of T1.3 ... And as we know the ballroom was low lighted so they should use the zeiss super speed T1.3 WIDE OPEN (f1.2) .. RIGHT??

-We also know that the Nicole Kidman's dance was shot with the Cooke Varotal 20-100 f2.8 T3.1


Note the word "FIRST" on Larry Smith phrase : "For the scene in which the Hungarian FIRST approaches Alice, I created some fill with a smaller curtain of the Christmas lights."

The "first approache" is that shot which include a ZOOM IN around in the half of it's length :





Then it cuts to a static shot with much more sharpness and longest Depth of Field


And then, starts the dancing, which as i can figure out, it's a 360o rotation round the camera's tripod





1. So for the dancing they had the china ball ABOVE the CAMERA'S POSITION ??

2. The need of the "small curtain" ONLY in the the "approache moment" ,was it beacouse of the "wide" open shot of the ZOOM LENS in the beggining ??? And china balls wasn't enough to "cover" the f2.8 of the Cooke zoom lens ??

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