I've just seen the first rushes from a short I'm shooting at the moment and not sure what to make of them.
So far I've seen a DVD of a transfer to HDCAM (poss one light?) and it is, as expected, a bit flat and milky with wishy washy colours. All I can say is that I think there's a good range of detail in the shadows, mid tones and highlights. Playing with the controls on my TV does help the image so I'm fairly confident that there's scope for grading. And I can sort of tell that the focus is OK but wouldn't stake my life on it.
My main concern here is to get the director to understand that 'the look' of the film is not in these rushes but (I think) it can be.
How do you judge rushes when they come to you on a less than ideal format? And how do you ensure that production understand that what they are looking at is not necessarily the end result?