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#1 Brandon McCormick

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 07:58 PM

I'm working on a short film and I am going for that "Big Fish" magical kind of look.
I'm pretty good with color grading in post, so I'm choosing to go that route for most of it, but are there any shooting techniques I should think of while planning this out?
Magic hour techniques? Rays of light, magical dolly movements? Certain lights or filters that can help tweak reality?

I'm shooting with the CineAlta HDW-F900

Thanks for you thoughts!

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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 08:14 PM

That's pretty wide open to your imagination.

Personally, for a "happy" magical look, I would probably shoot for a very rich look with quite saturated color. Warm light, in general. I would shoot for lots of warm colors and try to keep cold colors to a minimum.

This is just my take, of course. A "magical" look is pretty much open to any interpretation you want.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 08:47 PM

"Magical" tends to mean "romantic" -- warm late afternoon backlight, strong shafts of sunlight, warm, low-key interiors, magic hour, firelight, candlelight, etc. Maybe a little diffusion if you want.
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#4 Brandon McCormick

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 12:27 PM

What about Lord of the Rings, magical forest type stuff?
I'm familiar with all the diffusion and warm colors, any other thoughts?

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#5 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 12:35 PM

What about Lord of the Rings, magical forest type stuff?
I'm familiar with all the diffusion and warm colors, any other thoughts?

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Like what? I guess you could put "floaties" in the air (usually ground-up white feathers dumped from a crane with a wind machine blowing on them.) Aren't we getting into an area of personal interpretation, i.e. what is magical to you?
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#6 Brandon McCormick

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 12:42 PM

Ah, floaties, excellent. If done well, those are the little kinds of things I think look great.
Thanks!

http://www.apple.com...iler_large.html

I can't wait to see this movie, but it's a great example of what I'm looking for.
The stuff at that diner table is especially nice.

I get the shafts of light and stuff, I'm going for that bounce between really warm and really cold.
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#7 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 12:47 PM

When I think of Burton, Jackson, Gilliam, Del Toro or any of those fantasy film directors, I always think "wide angle lenses"

It would help to have one, especially for your "magical" dolly moves :)
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