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Achieving approx. warm 'reversal' look on HDW750


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#1 Morgan Peline

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Posted 20 February 2006 - 01:04 PM

Hi,

I'm about to shoot a short comedy of sorts on a Panavised HDW-750 in 25P mode with zooms, hopefully if all goes to plan. We are sort of using 'Royal Tenenbaums' as one of our influences - I will most likely use very flat, soft light to make the story a little airy.

I want to see if I can achieve a sort of reversal look - it doesn't have to be exact though. I'm going to maybe use some Coral filters and a 1/4 White Promist to add a bit of warmth and soften the image.

I'm assuming achieving a reversal like look won't be that difficult if I take a bit of detail out, crunch the blacks a little and saturate the colours.

I'm also going to try to not burn out highlights completely as I always think this looks very video, but some highlights 'with detail' will most likely feature to give the film that narrow latitude, contrasty look.

- Any suggestions?

- Is it better to do this colour correction in-camera or in-post. I always feel in-post is safer. I know that it is
sometimes dangerous to crunch blacks in camera as you can't always bring back information that has been crunched.

- I have a bit of experience shooting on DV and 16mm so I'm not too worried but I have never shot HD -
however I am fairly confident as I consider HD to be similar to DV with regards to lighting and latitude
...if you know what I mean.

Any other things to look out for when dealing with HD?

Thanks for the help and advice!
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 20 February 2006 - 03:32 PM

Yes, save it for post unless you have a really good monitor on set all the time.

I have done it in-camera -- basically you set the Master Video Black below "0", you pick one of the more contrasty Gamma preset tables, you turn off Knee or DCC.
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