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Continuous shot from wide to extreme close-up (3 replies and 2 comments)

jeff791107
1 week ago
jeff791107 1 week ago

Hello,

I have an upcoming project. The director would like to have an opening shot starting from a wide shot of a woman to an extreme close up of her one eye.

My thought is using two different focal length lens and stitching them in the post. However, the distortion would be different. Another thought is using a normal 65mm lens and a macro 65mm lens. In theory, their distortion will match (don't know for sure), but I won't get enough wide with the normal 65mm.

How do I get this shot done?

Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

We did a shot in 'Barton Fink' that went from wide to a detail by adjusting the focus wheel for the shot. Basically we turned a 40mm into a macro. I don't remember it being able to focus at infinity but it was enough to get a wide of a room.

Mike
1 week ago

Do you know what scene that was Roger, just so we can locate it for reference.

Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

The shot ends up going down the plughole of the bathroom sink!

Mike
1 week ago

Thankyou Roger, that’s sounds interesting! We would like to see that.

Al Duffield
1 week ago
Al Duffield 1 week ago

In the past I’ve used a set of self compensating macro lenses from ARRI. They’re infinity focussing but the most impressive part is that as you enter very close focus exposure will fall off and to compensate they open the iris to maintain consistent exposure, lovely lenses though you may find the lens diameter will cast too much shadow if you get particularly close to your subject.

Another option would be to rent some form of probe lens, I always find the optical effect of the probe is a little uncomfortable and you’ll need to focus more on the quality of the track you lay, due to the length of the probe amplifying any judder, but a probe will let you get very close to your subject before you start casting significant shadows on them.

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