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A. Whitehouse

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In Topic: ASC awards 2010

20 January 2010 - 01:24 AM

Probably the weakest year for cinematography in a very long time. I still have not seen The White Ribbon, though.


Its funny, but I couldn't disagree more. I thought these all looked great but I can think of a few I might have nominated as well. I would like to see Hurtlocker get some recognition.
Ive been a fan of Mauro Fiores for a long time though, I wouldn't be surprised if Avatar won.

In Topic: how does michel gondry do this!!!!!!!!!...

04 January 2010 - 02:35 AM

And more recently on another rock clip using dv cameras in a massive arc. I suspect that a lot of this was done in a similar way. Good ad, shows how vague polaroid became as a company towards the end.

I suspect it was a bullet-time camera setup using Canon 5D's in video mode. That would allow for the abrupt directional changes to be created in post.

Gondry used "bullet time" on the Björk video "Army of Me" way back in 1995.


In Topic: Critique my spec system

30 November 2009 - 10:05 PM

Hey Brian,
You could put a similar system together yourself for a lot less money but if you want the support from HP or another big OEM then its the best way to go.
I'm not all that familiar with HP systems but just for reference I upgraded from an older system I ran CS1 on 3 months ago and I got.

i7 920 1156 socket
Asus Motherboard
12gb ddr3
2 X 1tb
2 X 160 system drives
and a middling Nvidia card

I also got the full CS4 suite. As far as Ram goes Premiere isn't going to use 12gbs, barely uses four still even on a 64bit system (64bit Mac support is still iffy in general). I know AE can use more and it still runs in 32bit only PS has moved to any real 64bit support but I haven't really looked at that yet as all I ever use it for is light image editing to pull back into Premiere or AE.
One of the benefits of 12gb of ram is that CS4 can render externally now so you can continue to work and render at the same time and I sometimes have 3-4 operations happening at the same time. Ive seen it top out over six but if I was doing a big AE render (which I very seldom do) it has support for 1.5gb of ram per thread. The processors you've mentioned would have four cores and eight threads so in theory it could be useful but tough to reach otherwise. DDR3 is also pretty cheap so I'm not sure 4gbs is worth it in a system that's costing 2k.
I would take a hit on the processor and save yourself $500 and move down to something like the i7 940 with all the HDs and accessories you need. The price premium on some CPUs is 3X with only a marginal difference in performance. I don't know what HP options there are for this type of thing. I would have a hard time swallowing the price tag on the Quadro as well but it offers features you wont get on any consumer GPU yet but don't expect it to have any real boost to CS4 as the GPU assisted stuff is incredibly specific.
I remember reading that Mac dominate the $2000 and up PC market and now that you can run bootcamp it can be your MS box as well. If you want a PC for about two grand I wouldn't invest as much in the CPU or videocard (but obviously you know your needs better than I do) but instead put it towards some HDs and a new monitor. I wouldn't go with a pre-built OEM system either but that's me. Either way any of the systems mentioned should work with DVCpro HD just fine.
Oh, if you are thinking about less RAM now to be upgraded later try and go with a DDR3 system as it'll be much easier to source in two years than the DDR2 which is on its way out. The only other thing Id suggest is to wait till February when the new Intel chips come out which might shake the prices up a bit but something new and shiny is always around the corner.
My longest post ever, I cant believe it was about this. How depressing...

In Topic: The Decade in Cinematography

26 November 2009 - 10:09 PM

Great list, so glad to see style discussed on this forum again. A few films that come up for me a lot and I thought I'd mention.

In the cut
Amores Perros
Hero
Requim for a Dream
The Royal Tennenbaums
Dumplings
Traffic
Songs from the second floor
Kingdom of Heaven
Zodiac

2000 was a bumper year I thought. There's so many that we'll still be watching for decades to come. Its incredible how much more episodic television people I work with are watching now. In 2000 episodic drama was being choked to death by first generation Reality TV shows.
Editing has changed more than anything else in the last ten years I think. What was considered quick cut ten years ago would seem medium pace these days.

Love to see more European films mentioned. "Le fils" maybe?

In Topic: Raoul Coutard

22 November 2009 - 02:10 AM

I'm not sure how accurate or relevant this is but I think Coutard played the role of the pimp in a scene which would eventually be cut out of "Il Conformisto".
Also irrelevant, but interesting, the phone number for the professor in Paris was actually Truffaut's Paris phone number.
I enjoy the films he made a great deal.

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