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  • in reply to: Very minimal lighting #214612
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      Great work!  Love the daylight interiors. Most DP’s shy away from using no or little film lights but I too prefer when they start from the minimum (nothing) and work the way up only if necessary.

      in reply to: Now YouTube Video 6/17 #214611
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        One of the best Q&A with you guys so far, thanks!

        in reply to: John de Borman – June 14, 2023 #214609
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          Great! ‘The Full Monty’ is one of my all-time favorite films.

          in reply to: Now YouTube Video 6/17 #214608
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            Fantastic. Public Q&A’s are always very interesting, thanks James!

            in reply to: Lighting a High School Library with Limited Resources! #214601
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              Good job.

              in reply to: Aggressive Color #214593
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                From the top of my head I mostly remember aggressive use of color being done in films that can be described as ‘visceral’. So less story and plot and more focus on mood and experience.

                in reply to: Sicario #214564
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                  “But by cutting that scene out in the film and telling the story through the eyes of Kate is a very risky choice.”

                  I just looked into the script because I didn’t know Alejandro was introduced early. By leaving that away, he stays a mysterious character. Kate constantly wonders who that guy is, where does he come from, what’s his motivation  – and so do we! Much more powerful imo.

                  “…because the Kate character rarely acts, she always reacts to the actions done in front of her. ”

                  I think that’s part of why Sicario works so well, the audience basically is Kate – only watching, feeling powerless to intervene. Now add Roger’s speciality of putting the audience exactly where they need to be in each shot and you get that unique viewing experience of Sicario. I think it’s a major reason why so many people love this film.

                  In hindsight it seems like an easy decision but it definitely was a major change to the dynamic of the viewing experience. And it would surely be interesting to know what considerations they made (who decided it, just Denis, more people, was someone against it?) to go with this change.

                  in reply to: Sicario #214558
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                    Keep it respectful.

                    in reply to: Low/No budget movies with intriguing cinematography? #214549
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                      Those are all great suggestions, thanks guys!

                      I haven’t seen ‘Columbus’ yet. Looks like it’s an unagitated, intimate story and the cinematography seems to reflect that – will certainly watch it!

                      in reply to: Lighting Ratios #214542
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                        “I’m Wondering how DPs keep a consistent lighting ratio throughout the whole piece.
                        Or don’t they?”

                        I don’t think they do (unless there’s a specific reason to). They keep it consistent throughout a scene.

                        If a couple says farewell to each other in tears in a dim barn, and then one of them steps outside into a desert at noon to face the antagonist, there’s not much reason to stick to the same lighting ratio I would think. But the wide, medium and CU shots inside the barn must match each other.

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                          Would be nice to see some frame grabs of the results then!

                          in reply to: Happy Birthday Roger! #214523
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                            Happy birthday!

                            in reply to: Camera recommendations for music videos #214502
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                              Blackmagic Design cameras offer fantastic price performance ratio.

                              in reply to: Lighting a High School Library with Limited Resources! #214489
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                                Nice!

                                I wonder, if then the bookshelves/background aren’t “friendly and inviting” enough, would simply bouncing some film lights off the ceiling there work (I can’t see what color it is though)?

                                in reply to: Necessary for Light Meter? #214483
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                                  “For me, an interesting tool, that would be a mix of false color and spot meter, is the EL Zone, by Mr. Ed Larchman, but if I remember it is only for Panavision.”

                                  Panasonic VariCam LT and 35 and the small Sigma FP have it. Also SmallHD external monitors I believe. It should be featured in more and more cams going forward.

                                  I haven’t used EL Zone yet but love the intuitive color palette and distribution opposed to the confusing False Color (which also varies from company to company).

                                  It seems to be great to evaluate contrast ratios around middle grey and thus replace a light meter. But it does not do a good job at showing sensor clipping or noise floor (depending how many stops you distribute above or below middle grey), so it needs to be combined with another tool that does this.

                                  Good overview:

                                  EL Zone Exposure System- how does it work and how do you use it

                                   

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