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How Eduardo Serra channeled Jan Vermeer


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#1 Micah Fernandez

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 03:16 AM

This is actually the movie that made me focus my attention on the cinematography of a movie (I'm a late bloomer when it comes to film ). I watched again recently and just marveled at how close Serra got it to look like a Vermeer, who is, incidentally, one of my favorite painters.

Does anyone have any technical info for the way it was shot? Lenses used, lighting methods especially for the exteriors and the studio scenes, if there was any grading involved?
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#2 Jaan Shenberger

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 03:29 AM

you should also check out "the duelists", which has finally been released on dvd.
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#3 Max Jacoby

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 05:57 AM

There should be plenty of information in the archives and there was an article in the AC as well. 535A, 535B with Cooke S4 lenses. We did some shift & tilt shots as well, but I don't think they ended up in the film.

5218 for the house interiors (including the courtyard, which was all one interconnecting set), 5263 for Vermeer's studio. Fuji Reala 500D for the day interiors.

The studio scenes were lit with parcans through 1 & 1/2 Gridcloth if my memory serves me correctely, and there weren't a lot of light on the set itself. Sometimes a polyboard to bounce light back towards the window.
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