Shooting one stock for an entire film
Posted 08 February 2006 - 12:40 AM
DP, Los Angeles
Posted 08 February 2006 - 12:46 AM
Posted 08 February 2006 - 12:51 AM
Everytime I see a feature where the DP used one stock for the whole movie, what I notice is how the stock looks different in different lighting scenarios, plus different due to exposure variations. For example, "The English Patient" was all shot on one 500T stock, yet some scenes are grainier than others.
Consistency is as much a perception issue as it is a technical issue. Our eyes expect to see more detail in a wide shot in the daytime than in a close-up at night, for example.
A better approach would be to use two stocks that are close in speed and look, like 5217 and 5218, and then use 5217 in scenes with more midtones and 5218 in scenes with more contrast and large areas of darkness.
Posted 08 February 2006 - 01:29 AM