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#1 Ashley Barron

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 01:00 AM

Hello,
For those of you who haven't come across my thread on pov changes, I am to work on a script about a child and the world through his eyes (essentially). There is a scene where he looks out a window and sees a beautiful large tree. I want to make it look mystical and beautiful and magical and inviting/inticing but unsure as to how to do so.
I was thinking putting on a filter (perhaps promist or something softening) and hope for a sunny day. I am also going to do it handheld (on steady stick).
Any other ideas??
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#2 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 01:10 AM

Try and look up some visual references for what you would like to accomplish, and that could probably make it easier for anyone to suggest how to achieve certain shots.

"mystical and beautiful and magical and inviting/inticing" are very subjective words, everyone has their own idea of what's mystical, and so on.

In the meantime, use what talent you have, your eye and try out a few tests to see if you can get what you're looking for.
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#3 Paul Bruening

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 05:37 PM

Backlight.
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#4 Joseph Nesbitt

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 10:47 PM

300 did a nice job using backlight in the movie where all the bodies are stuck to the tree ( I know probably not a great example for what movie your doing ) anyway it was a really cool shot. recomendation for further mysticism shoot it at magic hour, if you can work that in the script.
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#5 Michael Morlan

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 11:54 PM

I might try backlighting through fog/haze with the tree serving as its own cucoloris. Beautiful beams through the air. Choose a really windless day and add some larger particulates to float in the air like dust motes.

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#6 dan brockett

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 09:07 AM

I know that this is a cinematography forum but to get the look you desire, particle effects and plug-ins with Motion or After Effects leap to mind. Heavy backlight/rim light is also a good place to begin. I can see little sprinkles and glints (post work) combined with golden or blue shafts of light punching through the branches. Would depend on if the season is Spring/Summer or Winter/Fall.


Kids POV, dolly up to window reveal intercut with reaction shots of the kid looking at the tree in awe. Yeah, I can see it in my minds eye.

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#7 Douglas Sunlin

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 11:57 AM

Yes, a very subjective concept. May I suggest Mind Mapping?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idea_map
For my part, I'd experiment with a fish-eye lens.
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#8 Adam Thompson

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 01:18 PM

Strong side to front light (late afternoon maybe) shot on reversal film with a softFX and a Pola to blue up the sky?

Edited by Adam Thompson, 27 August 2007 - 01:19 PM.

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#9 Ashley Barron

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 03:41 AM

Thank you all for the advice, good to see that other mind's eye's are seeing what mine is!
I've got plenty of testing to do now :-)
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