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Phil Rhodes

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In Topic: First Man - Photographed by Linus Sandgren

Today, 08:31 AM

I was not overwhelmed by this film, but, I did find it interesting that the movie seems to be shot on film, except for the moon scenes which have the clarity of digital, and I think this was a good choice.

 

The "cinema verite" style of the bulk of the movie went to far for me and I found it a distraction often.  This may be because this film is really a series of vignettes, rather than a story.  I left the theater feeling that I knew little more about Armstrong at the end than I did at the beginning.  No amount of photographic style was going to save this weak script in any event...

 

But I did like the rocket rides and the views in the space capsules.  That was really fun and one could really imagine the terrifying experience that it must have been.  A normal man would never have taken this astronaut job.  I just wish I'd learned something more about these men than that they can perform under enormous stress that others can not.  In the end, Armstrong is still a mystery.

 

Couldn't agree more. Like so many modern films it's beautifully done but ends up feeling rather empty, though not, of course, for the same reasons as Transformers. 

 

I've seen Ryan Gosling in three films recently - Drive, Blade Runner 2049 and now First Man, and in each case the characters were almost comically underplayed. Neil Armstrong wasn't that much of a plank. The audience I saw it with didn't know when to laugh.


In Topic: ENG Lens possibility with an Alexa?

21 October 2018 - 09:25 AM

Two thoughts on this.

 

For the full expansion to super-35, you lose two stops, but then again those lenses are often f/1.3 anyway. So what, you're stuck at a 2.8? The Fuji MKs, the 19-90, Zeiss 10-100 and the Canon CN7x17 are all slower than that. The result will certainly not have the sharpness of any of those things, but it's no slower.

 

Second, have you ever handled an Alexa? The Amira is (slightly) lighter and in my view is still a bit of a lump to run around with ENG-style. The Alexa is not something you can easily throw on your shoulder and go all day. People who work on upscale feature films will claim often that they can, but they have a rather different idea of "go all day" than the average documentarian. It pulls 85 watts, which greatly limits your independence from mains power and tends to require an assistant to fetch and carry batteries, which will generally go flat more than once an hour.


In Topic: 24V power connectors

20 October 2018 - 10:58 AM

To be scrupulously fair, a real name-brand 8-pin Lemo 3B connector is about 75 quid.


In Topic: 24V power connectors

20 October 2018 - 09:36 AM

Four hundred dollars for a cable.

 

I might go with the 3-pin XLR, it's a lighting application, even though I think the use of 3-pin XLR for non-audio applications is a bit dubious.

 

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In Topic: Cameras You Own

18 October 2018 - 05:46 AM

Crikey, did I never respond to this?

 

The only "real" moving-image camera package I've ever just gone out and bought was a Panasonic AG-DVC200 with Fuji 20x6.4 zoom.

 

pan200ab.jpg

 

I don't know if there's any way to access posts from the early 2000s on this forum - the software has changed since - but I probably talked about it when I got it. It wasn't something I loved, particularly, I just needed something. I still miss the ergonomics - the grip, the zoom, the location of the controls, the way you could flip open the viewfinder, the balance and weight, even the way you could throw it onto a quick-release plate on a tripod. I'd learned these things on other ENG-style cameras. Most modern cameras are terrible by comparison. About the best thing at the same price is something like an Ursa Mini Broadcast. I still use the tripod I bought to go with it, the quick-release tripod plate that came with it, and the (much-recelled) PAG battery system.

 

should have bought a DSR-500, or even the DXC-D35 docked to a DSR-1 DVCAM recorder, which was then becoming cheap. I knew that at the time, and might even still be wringing some value out of a better lens, but fresh out of college it was a financial bridge too far.

 

It was occasionally pressed into service to do something creative (this is my early work - as we say on the internet, plz, no bully.)

 

 

The DVC-200 paid for itself, but when it became time to upgrade there wasn't an affordable way to get an HD equivalent. Eventually I'd become used to not owning anything and the DSLR revolution was in full swing, and as other people have said things move so fast it's hard to invest, so I never have.

 

I did buy an EOS-40D to demonstrate raw recording with Magic Lantern. The pictures are wonderful; the user interface is not.

 

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