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#1 Pedja Radenkovic

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 09:26 PM

Hello fellow cinematographers!

This is my first post here but I have always read your insightfull comments, tips and tricks in the industry. Now it's my turn to say hi to everybody :).

I'm shooting small short film on S16mm, very low key, dark sfi thriller. It may go to big screen and may not. The chances for 35mm blow up are very small. So to preserve the best quality of this film, and lets say we end up blowing up to 35mm, what film stock, or better say film ISO whould you suggest for S16mm. Since there is no budget to test or anything like that. I have done 35mm with 500T 5218 Kodak Vision 2 (was very pleased with it), but I have not shot on 16mm. Also lighting package will be very small, hoping to get some 5k tungsten or HMI units. So based on information I gave what would be your advice for project like this. Any input would be greatly appriciated.

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 10:19 PM

You should use the slowest speed stock that is practical for your shooting situation and the style you desire.

Technically speaking, if you can shoot on 200T (like '17) stock instead of 500T stock (like '18), you will get a slight increase in quality in terms of less grain. But there may be other compelling reasons to use the faster stock, or use it only for scenes where you need the extra speed.
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#3 John Thomas

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 10:36 PM

I'm shooting small short film on S16mm, very low key, dark sfi thriller. It may go to big screen and may not. The chances for 35mm blow up are very small.


7218 is a great stock, expose for a healthy negative to cover your bases. good luck
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#4 Pedja Radenkovic

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 02:26 PM

Thank you guys for your replays. I appricate it.

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