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#1 Filip Plesha

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 03:21 PM

Does anyone know any tech specifics behind this series?
Like, the first couple of seasons (which I suspect were shot before first airing) , what filmstocks did they mostly use, and did they start with 35mm from the pilot, or did they start with 16mm and later switched to 35mm in later seasones?

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#2 Michael Nash

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 04:17 PM

I'm pretty sure it's been 35mm all along. I don't know about the first season, but it was pretty much all 500T either 5298 or 5279, depending on the point in time. I think they used some slower stocks for day exteriors and some lower-key scenes (where they wanted the shadows darker), I remember reading in an article somewhere.

TV series obviously go into production a couple months before the episode hits the air, but are still done one season at a time. I believe The X-Files had an eight-day/episode shoot schedule, shot on five-day weeks, and was on the air every seven days (with some gaps), so the shoot-to-air time gets condensed as the season progresses.

The X-Files also increased in budget as the show got more popular over its run, so the look improved quite a bit from its beginnings to its last couple seasons. They also went through several DP's over that time, including John Bartley and Bill Roe (not to mention some great second-unit DP's like Robert Primes). They used a lot of Panavision gear, but also some non-Pana stuff at times.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 07:42 PM

I recall that they went through a period early on where they were pushing 200T stock (I think it was 5293) by one stop rather than use 500T stock, but then switched the next season to 500T.
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#4 Matt Pacini

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 04:36 PM

Best show on TV, ever, in my opinion.
Too bad they killed it, thanks to David Duchovney.
I'll have to slap him if I ever meet him!

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