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Hugh Siegel

Member Since 26 Dec 2013
Offline Last Active Jan 01 2014 07:54 PM
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Trends & attitudes around focal sharpness

26 December 2013 - 01:52 PM

I'm really interested in the ways cinematographers are using differential focus today.  For several years now, I've been seeing more and more sequences on film and TV where very shallow DOF is used and, almost inevitably, the actor's movements will take him/her in and out of the plane of sharpest focus during the scene.  Increasing use of steadicam and handheld seems to add to this.  In the past, in general, I think shots like that would call for a retake or an edit to cover what was once considered a mistake -- but now it seems that DPs (or directors?) are making an aesthetic out of this.  I'm just wondering if someone here might be able to point me to any technical, industry, or even academic discussions of this issue -- how DPs go about it, when is a shot a keeper and when not, etc.?  Apologies if this seems like a naive question, but I just haven't been able to find anything searching on my own.  Thanks for any input.


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