Low contrast for commercial
Posted 30 October 2006 - 01:06 PM
Posted 31 October 2006 - 07:57 AM
Posted 31 October 2006 - 11:22 AM
a trick i often use to create the look i think you're after is to light the background a stop or two over, then throw it out of focus with a long lens and large aperture. nothing smoothes the look as much as easily in my opinion.
as for film stock i really like the eterna 250t. very smooth and low grain, and with enough latitude to work even in low light. unlike kodak you can "push" fuji stocks in printing or telecine without getting weird color shifts and such. in my opinion. the best kodak stock for a soft lo-con look in my opinion is the expression 500t (5/7229).
Edited by Matt Sandstrom, 31 October 2006 - 11:25 AM.
Posted 31 October 2006 - 02:39 PM
What format are you shooting? S16 or 35? Are going to finish in telecine or print? If you're going to TK, I'd suggest you shoot clean, without any filters on the lens so you don't limit your options and handcuff the colorist. Especially if you're shooting a smaller format like S16. You have many more options to add diffusion to the gate, defocus, reduce or increase contrast, etc. in the telecine bay than if you do it in camera on the lens which limits your options in post.
Additionally, bringing in examples of the look you're after is extremely helpful to a colorist. Digtal stills taken on set on the day of your shoot that afterward you manipulate in Photoshop; or showing the colorist a copy of a similar looking video or commercial , or even using tear sheets from magazines, can go a long way toward helping you communicate with the colorist.
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Posted 31 October 2006 - 06:29 PM
Thanks a lot guys, all your tips were very helpfull.