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#1 22west

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 10:33 PM

Can anyone comment on this opening shot to The Good the Bad and the Ugly"?

The landscape was shown first :
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And then this character slid in from the left side :
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I assume the aperture must have been stopped down all the way in order to allow this depth of field.

Anyone have any info on the type of lense and film that may have been used here?

Thanks alot.
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#2 Dominic Case

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 11:06 PM

I expect it was stopped down - there is quite a lot of light around in the desert.

But also, while it's not easy to tell from the samples, it looks to me as though the background is softer in the second frame than the first. This could be a compression issue, but it's more likely that there was a subtle focus-pull to help with the d-o-f as the charactcame into shot.
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#3 Johnny W. Ching

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 11:34 PM

You can see a bit of distortion on the actor's face, so a wider focal length was probably used along with the deep stop. I agree with Dominic, the background does look a bit softer in the end frame, so probably a small pull. The defocus is noticable along where the top of the mountain meets the sky.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 12:44 AM

Yes, I'm sure there was probably a focus-rack, but the main point is that it was shot stopped down using a wide-angle lens in the 2-perf Techniscope format, which had more depth of field in general than 35mm anamorphic because of the ability to use shorter focal lengths.

Even if this was shot on 50 ASA film back then, remember that in direct sunlight at 24 fps, that's about an f/16.
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