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#1 Adam Thompson

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 01:00 PM

Watching Casino, shot by R. Richardson, I was wondering if anyone knows what he uses to do his trademark blow outs with? I assume he's lighting about 5 stops over on the spots and using a net or soft fx filter of some kind in addition?

Also does anyone have an opinion about this type of effect using S16mm? I'm always worried about reducing the resolution too much with 16mm and filters.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 05:41 PM

In that movie, it was ProMist filters, but later he started using nets. Any diffusion filter will work when combined with small areas of intense overexposure. You don't even really meter it -- you use such a narrow spot that the center is pretty much unreadable but actors move through it briefly for a flare-up effect.
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#3 Greg Traw

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 07:11 PM

I recently did this effect on a S-16 film (Fuji Eterna 400) I was shooting a few months ago. I think I metered it around 4 2/3's stops overexposed but probably should have gone further. Cautious restraint got the best of me. And I think we used a Fog 1 filter too? Probably should have went further on that too...

But remember, this effect works best when surrounded by large areas of drop-off for staunch contrast.

I actually think Richardson is trying to imitate the Renaissance painters when he does this. But why talk about painting, right? This is cinematography.com not painting.com... <_<
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#4 Greg Traw

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 07:36 PM

Even more so painters from the 1600s: Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Check them out...
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