"Just Like the Son
A road movie with a sense of grandeur
Morgan J. Freeman His latest venture is an independent feature called Just Like the Son."
"The filmmakers considered whether to shoot in the Super 16 film format or in high-definition digital video. They opted for Super 16 film in part due to cost savings in post-production."
If both film or HD would go into an NLE, wouldn't HD be cheaper? No developing, telecine, cheaper
"Orbach envisioned a road movie with a sense of grandeur that communicated the wide-open spaces through which the characters travel. He suggested framing the images in a widescreen 2.4:1 aspect ratio."
Is 2.41 an unusual aspect ratio? I thought that the standard around there was 2.35:1?
"Freeman and producer Jamin O'Brien requested to see some tests before approving the proposed aspect ratio. "The script called for a simple, organic visual language based on natural, available light," the cinematographer says. "We wanted to focus attention on the characters and not the cinematography. I knew that we'd be on the road, capturing all these environments, and HD would not work for such a filmic story with so many day exteriors.' "
Is HD not so great in day exteriors? Is that because of dynamic range, less latitude?
" 'The question became how to give the film widescreen scope while shooting in the Super 16 format," he says. "I shot tests with a couple of stocks, and did DIs of about a minute's worth of film at PostWorks in New York. They did a bit of color correction and made an anamorphic print on 35mm film. When we saw the print, we knew there wouldn?t be a problem making the film that way. There was virtually no loss in the quality.' "
Is that hardly any loss compared to Super 16 but it still looks more like (really good) 16 as opposed to
35 mm ? Otherwise, why wouldn't LOTS more people be doing this?
"Orbach ordered a ground glass with the widescreen aspect ratio. He exposed the full frame, however, which allowed reframing later if necessary or desired."
Is ordering a specifically marked ground glass a choice of rental items or a special made to order
item that must be purchased? Is it a lot more expensive?
"After testing a range of films, he chose KODAK VISION2 500T 7218 film, "because of its grain structure and consistency. I used that stock for the entire film ? day, night, interiors and exteriors. That was partially for simplicity and also because the slightly grainy look gave the film an extra little bit of character.' "
Wouldn't the film be "slighty grainy" anyway from the blow-up to the anamorphic 35 mm print?
"He covered the action with an ARRI SR3 camera mounted with T2 Zeiss 35 mm lenses. "It was important to use the pristine glass," he says. "The speed and resolution helped us.' "
I've heard people say that a lens is a lens but if say a 30 mm focal length lens is wide when shooting 35
mm and relatively more tele when shooting 16 mm, then how does it work shooting 16 mm or Super 16
mm with lenses for 35 mm cameras?
Edited by Jim Feldspar, 31 March 2007 - 05:35 AM.