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#1 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 03:01 PM

I've just got some screengrabs from a promo I shot just before Christmas. It was quite a big deal - 3 day shoot, with big sets and locations, as well as a lot of CGI.

Shot on Varicam (a first for me).

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#2 John Holland

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 03:06 PM

Stuart ,very nice images , should be proud . John Holland.
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#3 Stephen Williams

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 03:13 PM

Hi Stuart,

As always beautiful,

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 03:15 PM

Gorgeous. Well Done. Any more?

What was the setup you used on the camera?

Diffusion on the lens or applied in post?
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#5 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 04:20 PM

Thanks, gents. :)

Should have some more soon, I hope.

The camera was setup to the BBC preferred setting, which are for a 'Digital Neg' look. Essentially flat, with as much info as possible.

I used a 1/4 Promist for the singers' closeups, which was augmented with a glow filter in post. Everything else was clean, as we had a lot of greenscreen to do, and there was also quite a lot of smoke on set, so I didn't want to overdo the diffusion.
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#6 Troy Warr

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 04:36 PM

Looks fantastic, Stuart!

Forgive my ignorance, but how were you able to achieve such a shallow DOF in shots 1, 2, and 5? Was it just a large aperture and the effect of a telephoto shot? In other words, do the 2/3" CCDs of the Varicam allow for that shallow DOF naturally, or do you have to work to try to stretch the effect a bit?
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Posted 05 January 2007 - 04:54 PM

I noticed the 2:35:1 crop. As I have considered using the Varicam and framing for 2:35:1, I found myself wondering how the 720p image might hold up when projected on a big screen. Have you had a chance to view the images on a large screen and if so, what did you think?
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Posted 05 January 2007 - 05:05 PM

P.S I realize the image was produced for television but I thought you might have had a chance to see it projected at a post house or the like.
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#9 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 06:00 AM

Wow! i didnt realise the Varicam could look that nice! - Very nice work Stuart!
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#10 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 11:35 AM

Forgive my ignorance, but how were you able to achieve such a shallow DOF in shots 1, 2, and 5? Was it just a large aperture and the effect of a telephoto shot? In other words, do the 2/3" CCDs of the Varicam allow for that shallow DOF naturally, or do you have to work to try to stretch the effect a bit?


Those shots were probably very near the end of the lens (Canon HJ21) and at f2.8. The softness of the background is also because it was a long way back.
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#11 Matthew Buick

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 01:32 PM

Good lord, they're fantastic!!!!

Beautifully exposed, wonderfully framed. You seriously need to show that to the BSC.

-Me.
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Posted 06 January 2007 - 01:41 PM

What kind of lighting sets up did use use in the jungle stills?
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Posted 06 January 2007 - 03:24 PM

Stuart - this is very, very good work. I echo Chayse's statements aout the jungle scenes...is there any type of color correction on the lighting or just to the image itself? I love the diffusion on the CUs too, just takes the edge off.
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#14 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 03:37 PM

The jungle set was about 70' x 30'. I had 6 x 6k spacelights above it, although I never used more than three in any setup. I also had a pair of 10ks and a 5k as backlight/kickers. I wanted a pair of 9 light maxibrutes instead of the 10ks, because I needed the extra punch to cut through all the foliage, but I couldn't get any. There was a fair bit of smoke on set, too. For some of the closeups, I managed to get some kinos in there, or a 2k through some 216, but on the whole it was hard light all the way. I don't usually light as hard as I had to on this, but it seemed to work OK.

I white balanced the camera to 2700k, so it looked a little cold. Then, when it was graded, I put a little blue into the shadows and desaturated the image slightly. In the closeups of the female singer, I used a 1/4 promist. I had planned to use a 1/2 black promist on everything in that set, but the rental company sent white promists instead, so I shot mostly clean.
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#15 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 03:47 PM

Looks great!
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Posted 06 January 2007 - 04:25 PM

Hi Mr Brereton,

I have a couple of questions about that video you shot.

How did you get the the jungle scenes to stay so cler, by that I mean free of fuzz?
Did you use Frame Averaging to do that, or is that just for animation?

Thanks, the stuff you shoot really is inspirational.

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#17 Martin Yernazian

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 02:46 AM

Dear Stuart

I love your Images.... Great Worked
I shot with the Varicam last year and I loved it.
Again great work!!!!

Best Regards
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#18 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 05:32 AM

Hi,

Every time you post something, I tend to have thoughts along the lines of "I didn't think work that good was being done in the UK."

Phil
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#19 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 06:19 AM

Wow, these frames look really great! I dig your hard lighting approach - it's very painterly and full of nuance.

I'm curious as to how these big commerical shoots work. Did you have plenty of time to light these, or were you rushed at any point? How many setups did you have to get through a day?

Also, how did you like the Canon primes? They seem to have a very rich, cinematic look to them.
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#20 Rupe Whiteman

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 08:54 AM

Stuart,

.... 'Really nice work with controlled and punchy lighting and subtle diffusion... good luck with it. I'm impressed by the look of the Varicam too and hope to be shooting with the kit in May. Please post more frames when you can!

You mention you used a 1/4 promist - black or white, and did you have time to test other diffusion glass' on the varicam?.. 'Also wondering it there was Gain used on the last lower-key frame posted?

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