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#1 Jason Eitelbach

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 01:42 PM

Hi all,

I'm shooting a western in May and my director wants a faded look for many of our exteriors. Could I acheive this look by pulling the film 1 to 2 stops.

I've never really done much pulling and I'm curious about the look. We'll be shooting mostly 5218. We want grain and a lower to medium contrast.

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 02:36 PM

Hi all,

I'm shooting a western in May and my director wants a faded look for many of our exteriors. Could I acheive this look by pulling the film 1 to 2 stops.

I've never really done much pulling and I'm curious about the look. We'll be shooting mostly 5218. We want grain and a lower to medium contrast.

thanks,
je


If "faded" means lower in contrast, certainly a pull process is in that direction. Pull-1 is fairly common. Pull-2 you need to be careful that the "tail end" chemicals and washes don't get too short as the lab speeds up the machine. Consider the Kodak VISION2 Expression 500T Color Negative Film 5229 as well, if the grain of a higher speed stock is not an issue. Lighting and filtration likewise are important to the "look" you want.

Check out the DVD commentaries and articles on some of the westerns you want to emulate for "look":

http://www.sfgate.co...8/18/DD1139.DTL

http://www.dvdtalk.c...6spaghetti.html

http://www.thecinema...nce-kid-dvd.htm

http://www.amctv.com...100-1--0-13-EST
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#3 Dominic Case

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 05:48 PM

Most labs will pull one stop but no more, for the reason that John gives (speeding up the machine for a shorter development time leads to too-short bleach, fix or wash times).

Have you thought about preflashing the negative? This will have the effect of lightening shadows and reducing colour saturation. You can achieve flashing by running the neg through the camera aimed at an out-of-focus white or grey card, under-exposed by about 4 stops (more or less, depending on the efect you want - test, test, test!).

Did I say test?
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#4 Luke Prendergast

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 11:14 PM

You can achieve flashing by running the neg through the camera aimed at an out-of-focus white or grey card


But you need to make sure you rethread the camera so the flash isn't out by a perf or two with respect to the frame.
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