Posted 21 December 2005 - 04:24 PM
I'm going into production of a documentary dealing with our current statis of police investigations and the science behind the convictions. The idea was to have somewhat of a CSI look.
CSI is shot on film, we're shooting Sony Beta-SX digital. I'm trying to achieve that blown out white effect on the bright highlights.In the past I've used a Parisian silk stretched over the back element of my lense, this does help blow out the highlights, but the faces are too soft looking. Has anyone had success with this sort of problem? HD is not an option at this point. I'm also looking for guidance re: the all mighty famous question!
What can I do to get that filmic quality on digital Beta?
Thanks for reading,
Posted 21 December 2005 - 04:42 PM
I can't say I particularly think of CSI as having blown out whites, I think of it more as being extremely classily done, which is exactly what you won't be able to achieve on a documentary.
However, CSI is generally quite high contrast (which video is just great at!) and has a lot of interesting colour grading, which you can at least approximate. Other than that, all you can do if you're not lighting scenes is to try and be in the right place relative to the ambient light. Most of CSI seems to be harshly backlit with soft fill - but really, I think you may find the needs of the documentary overtake this sort of thinking.
Posted 21 December 2005 - 05:04 PM
This particular episode had lots of very warm back and side lighting. many of the wider interiors had a bright orange source located outside a window near to the ground and aimed at the lens. Faces were kept natural looking and keyed softly.
Posted 21 December 2005 - 05:19 PM
So if you want the same halation but with a less heavy diffusion, you need to increase the overexposure.
I'd try testing something like a Classic Soft or ProMist and find the right balance between the filter strength and brightness of what's halating. Trouble with nets behind the lens is that it's hard to find them in increments of strength.
Edited by David Mullen, 21 December 2005 - 05:20 PM.