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viktorenvall
3 weeks ago
viktorenvall 3 weeks ago

Hi Roger!

I have found great images in your work of dust particles being used, with great emotional impact! I have tons of questions about it, but I'll try to keep it short.

  1.  Weird question - In your shots, is the dust real? If it is, I'm trying to figure out a way in where i can shoot a close-up of the talent(+dust-particles) without creating a health hazard. Do you have any tips? 

  2. In a summer-sunlight exterior setting, I've heard of some filmmakers spontaneously, on set, finding different types of grains in trees and flowers to make particles in the air. Have you had a similar experience or have you seen something like that you liked in other films? 

dust-examples:
The Assassination of Jesse James... (where Robert Ford is lying in the bed)
Sicario
also from other DP:s (Hoyte van Hoytema)
Her

many thanks! - Viktor

 

Mike
3 weeks ago
Mike 3 weeks ago

This was discussed briefly by Roger a few months back.

David and I was explaining that “Theatre dust” can be bought to be used for Filming and there are now a few products you can use. The Original “Theatre Dust” has been around for years and was mainly used to dust objects, shelving etc but modern versions can be sprinkled in front of the lens if you want to create a dusty room etc. Health and Safety rules are strictly applied here so it best to read it up.

Apparently, Roger prefers the natural stuff which hides everywhere behind studio scaffolding and props, I think he uses that “Brand” for his films. Using the right lighting angles will reveal the dust particles already floating around in a busy studio.

 

viktorenvall
2 weeks ago

Thanks Mike! i appreciate it!

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

Yes, just take a rag and run it over a dusty table or some other surface, even the floor, and ten shake it above the camera. Simple an effective.

viktorenvall
2 weeks ago

Thank you!

NicolasLabra
2 weeks ago
NicolasLabra 2 weeks ago

You can even use your own jacket, i`ve seen some photos of the set of interstellar, and nolan was shaking a little bag on a stick on top of the camera for the opening shot, the one of the library, and the dust falling.

viktorenvall
2 weeks ago

thank you! 🙂

Mike
2 weeks ago

When I used to film period costume dramas in old mansions etc the dust was everywhere, ladies costumes used to sweep it up and make them cough in the middle of a ‘take’. On a damp day it used to stick on the lens so constantly wiping it off and cleaning the gate. Nasty stuff.

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