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#1 grantsmith

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 04:14 PM

Hi,

One of my favourite videos of recent years is 'Nowhere Again' by Secret Machines

heres a link to it on you tube:




I'm interested in a couple of things concerning the lighting (which I find very impressive):


1) The flare effects. How did they achieve this? It seems to appear in front of faces where the light seems to be coming from behind the faces. How did they do this? Is it done is post? Or did they have some kind of smoke effect where the flare 'bounced off'?

2) Most of the video is heavily back lit, with very little front lighting. What is the best way for metering this?

Thanks,

Grant
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Posted 23 September 2006 - 04:27 PM

mmmn. dont know what happened. I tried to edit to add something else but it didnt work.

3) It seems quite daring in terms of contrast ratio. The full latitude of the negative seems to be taken up. Is this something that would be very risky to try, or has it been done in post.
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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 06:06 PM

Hi,

1) It's an anamorphic lens.

2) Don't know - shoot video. At a guess, edge lighting might want to meter about 3-5 stops over depending on how blasted you want it.

3) It's a music promo, they're always graded to hell and back. Shooting slow 35mm stocks, you can get away with punching the contrast up to an almost ludicrous degree before it goes grainy.

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