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Stephen Perera

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Offline Last Active Feb 13 2019 03:49 AM
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Kodak Eastman Double-X - any tips?

08 February 2019 - 07:03 AM

Hi all....shooting Kodak Eastman Double-X in 16mm format and would welcome any and all feedback on this stock.

 

It's a personal project to enter a local area festival - you gotta do what you gotta do - shooting in old Gibraltar town area during the daytime with mostly available light and maybe a couple of Arri's if anyone is kind enough to open the shutters and let me plug them in hahaha (I'm very persuasive) so nothing complicated......camera will be on sticks mostly apart from a few sweeps on rails...thats it.....shooting with a Cooke Varokinetal 9-50mm on an Aaton XTR XC (no video tap or any electronics, love this camera). The short storyline ends with a (very talented) young couple dancing a tango....sounds corny but hopefully will be great as a final piece!!! Think Dolce+Gabbana sicilian campaign with Monica Belluci...old Gibraltar has that look

 

(also posted this on CML as need loads of feedback)


Luminous paint (for metal) to mark a lens.....

07 February 2019 - 04:40 AM

OK so my eyesight isn't what it used to be esp in the dark.....can anyone recommend a good fluorescent paint to mark my lenses as THAT would be really helpful.....just to do simple lines and dots where they exist but to convert to 'glow in the dark.....e.g. mark my diopter on my extended eyepiece on my Aaton.....mark my lenses etc....


Kodak Vision3 250D 16mm latitude

18 January 2019 - 09:03 AM

Shooting next week with Kodak Vision3 250D standard 16mm format inside a beautiful, historic banquet hall (see attached image).................at last! I was scheduled to shoot last spring 2018 but.....em......they took the roof off the place to repair it. This place was originally built in 1531 by the way!!!!!

 

The client is Gibraltar Crystal and I'm filming what they produce laid out beautifully on the table with some coverage placement shots of the room to cut in on the edit for interest. This is all part of a glassblowing film thing Im doing to display within their factory on a TV screen.

 

Now.....I want to go more Barry Lyndon and have the candles burning and darken the room down shafting diffused light down the table perhaps to create loads of interest and do a dolly track move alongside it....all obvious stuff.....it is what it is......

 

So....my question is......what latitude have you all found with Vision3 250D stock. I've used 500T and it sees into the dark beautifully in my experience rating it at 500 asa.....I love the grain so no comments on that.....but I have no more 500T and have 2 x 100ft rolls of 250D to get this done.

 

Will do light readings with ambient and spot meter to see what the candles are giving out but likely I'll take ambient down to f2 or thereabouts (i can close shutters and make the room dark)......

 

Shooting with a beautiful Cooke 9-50mm Varokinetal T2.5 standard 16mm lens on aaron XTR XC (the no electronics one...doesnt even say how much film has run through other than the mechanical 'indicator' on the magazine which for 100ft rolls means i have to think in my head how many secs I've done hahaha)

 

 


Making of The Exorcist (1973) - great footage

10 January 2019 - 09:21 AM

Just come across this and its great viewing....particularly a chair rig they mounted to move a cameraman backwards up stairs (no steadicam yet) at minute 9:19

 


Is 16mm more 'filmic' and thus THE look of film now?

05 January 2019 - 05:16 AM

In my opinion the look of 16mm Kodak film is the most unique look in movies......with DCP projection obviously.....and thus I would call it THE filmic look bar none.

....digital is nowhere near looking like 16mm as opposed to digital being used alongside 35mm in many films and more successfully copied by Arri Alexas etc with all the subsequent manipulation in post. I read it all the time in American Cinematographer how DPs want to mimic film look etc when not allowed to use film for whatever budget reasons etc.

For fun I watch movies and determine what they were shot on checking IMDB for confirmation.

To me Arri Alexa stuff all looks the same (big generalisation but I'm sure u know what I mean) and 35mm stands out to me with colour palette mainly plus the way highlights look....65mm I can't tell the difference in the small cinema screens where I come from and less still on my TV.....but 16mm screams out at me as unique and unmatched no matter how big or small the screen.

Don't pick out my generalisations and argue them but rather the spirit of the debate I am hoping to start.....

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