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#1 Matthew Finlin

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:17 PM

I recently was granted full access to a small production house in Taiwan to shoot a film I wrote here. Since there is a major communication barrier with the language I want to make sure I go in know exactly what I want.

I have access to two Panasonic HVX200's. I want to shoot HD but it is looking like I may have to shoot DV at 24P.

I am looking for suggestions to get the most film look possible. I am trying to achieve a shooting style like we saw James Longley do in Iraq in Fragments.

Are there any possibilities of attaching lens adapters? How do I avoid choppiness in pans? Any settings or shooting recommendations would be much appreciated to this young director. Thanks.
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#2 Tio Poreamo

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 10:15 PM

Hi,

As far as I know "Iraq In Fragments" after it was edited, the final master video was transfered to film and maybe back to video again(?). That would definitely result a film look.
Also 35mm adapters are great, there are nice plug-ins to create smooth and random graininess in video that can give you film like look. Nattress? I haven't try it yet...

Edited by Tio Poreamo, 04 October 2007 - 10:17 PM.

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#3 SusanB

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 06:12 PM

I recently was granted full access to a small production house in Taiwan to shoot a film I wrote here. Since there is a major communication barrier with the language I want to make sure I go in know exactly what I want.

I have access to two Panasonic HVX200's. I want to shoot HD but it is looking like I may have to shoot DV at 24P.

I am looking for suggestions to get the most film look possible. I am trying to achieve a shooting style like we saw James Longley do in Iraq in Fragments.

Are there any possibilities of attaching lens adapters? How do I avoid choppiness in pans? Any settings or shooting recommendations would be much appreciated to this young director. Thanks.



Matthew,

Hope this didn't come too late (and hope this suggestion is available by the time you shoot.) But here goes!

About the lens adapter issue, I am doing PR work for a firm named Zacuto in Chicago. They are a <a href="http://www.zacuto.com/">HD Video Camera Rental</a> house and they are in development of a product line called DOF Adapter system which works with the HVX200 and allows you to use Zeiss ZF 35mm F-mount lenses. You can view the product description at http://www.zacuto.com/Zacuto_DOF_Adapter.htm. Not sure of thier release date, but I understand their customer support is excellent and they may be able to ship to your location.

This might achieve the style you are looking for.

Good Luck on your adventure.
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#4 Gary McClurg

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 08:33 PM

Matthew,

Hope this didn't come too late (and hope this suggestion is available by the time you shoot.) But here goes!

About the lens adapter issue, I am doing PR work for a firm named Zacuto in Chicago. They are a <a href="http://www.zacuto.com/">HD Video Camera Rental</a> house and they are in development of a product line called DOF Adapter system which works with the HVX200 and allows you to use Zeiss ZF 35mm F-mount lenses. You can view the product description at <a href="http://"http://www.zacuto.com/Zacuto_DOF_Adapter.htm"" target="_blank"><a href="http://www.zacuto.com/Zacuto_DOF_Adapter.htm" target="_blank">http://www.zacuto.com/Zacuto_DOF_Adapter.htm</a></a>. Not sure of thier release date, but I understand their customer support is excellent and they may be able to ship to your location.

This might achieve the style you are looking for.

Good Luck on your adventure.


I believe their adapters have been delayed....
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#5 Matthew Finlin

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 11:24 AM

Thanks everyone for your feedback. Any thoughts on shooting 1080HD 24P at night? A large part of the film will be shot at night. In Taiwan there are a lot of bright neon lights in the city but we are sure how it's all going to read. Haven't been able to go out and test shoot yet but if anyone has any suggestions for settings that would be most helpful. Again, thank you. Cheers
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#6 Bill Totolo

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 06:04 AM

Thanks everyone for your feedback. Any thoughts on shooting 1080HD 24P at night? A large part of the film will be shot at night. In Taiwan there are a lot of bright neon lights in the city but we are sure how it's all going to read. Haven't been able to go out and test shoot yet but if anyone has any suggestions for settings that would be most helpful. Again, thank you. Cheers


You can open the shutter beyond 180 degrees. 350 is the max.
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