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#1 Rajavel Olhiveeran

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 11:47 AM

Hi all
am gona be doing DI for my next feature.
> Does it make economical sense for me to shoot with kodak Vision 1 series (cheaper than Vision 2). 5274/5278 than 5217/5218. OR even can i go for fuji (even cheaper) but without loosing an opportunity to get the best image output.

> how much of this stock selection will affect my output in the DI.

thanks. eagerly awaiting ur guidance!

Edited by Rajavel Mohan, 23 December 2007 - 11:48 AM.

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 12:47 PM

The particular grain and sharpness of a stock still carry over in a D.I. (within limits) but contrast and color are more easily manipulated in a D.I. -- so if that older stock is grainier, it will still be grainier, though a 2K D.I. will blunt that a little.

I'd still chose the best stock you can in terms of grain and sharpness first, exposure latitude second, color characteristic third.
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#3 Rajavel Olhiveeran

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 11:56 PM

THANKS DAVID. going by ur ranking.....which of the stocks follow that ranking...if u may suggest from ur experience. becos i know kodak 50 D is sharp and the least grain...will it work well for cloudy...rainy location or does it work best in the bright light conditioons as the brand promotes.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 12:07 AM

Are you shooting in 35mm or Super-16?

50D is fast enough for light overcast in open space, like in a field, but not super heavy overcast, nor heavy overcast in early morning or near sunset, nor overcast in a dark alley nor in the woods. You might want to switch to 250D in those situations.
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#5 Rajavel Olhiveeran

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 07:20 AM

Yes David. i got wat u mean. i had recently done a test shoot in the exact location where i am going to be shooting my film. its a hill station...amd the season is generally cold, misty and cloudy. but when the sun opens it is reasonably harsh in that altitude. i had tested on 250 D and 200 T kodak. i could take only two stcoks...free!! for testing. so couldnt test the low speed stocks. now i am thinking if i should go for the sharpest stcks possible...as u said. at the same time i shouldnt get stuck in the misty woods or cloudy ..drizzzling times. Is the 250 D sharp enough incomparison to 50 D for the DI purpose.?

i am gona be shooting on super 35. arri 435. zeiss ultra prime lens 16, 24, 32, 50, 85, HR zoom. Doing DI.

i have been plannng to change the look of the film gradually as the script moves forward. so i want the first 40% to be warm (may be i will shoot with 50 D for day ext and 250 D for day Int).......and then slowwly reduce the warmth and increase the cool tone and gradually make it stark at the end of the film.....(may be i will shoot 100 T 5212 without filter for Day ext and 200 T 5274 without filter for Day interior) for the cool look. but use 5218 for all night scenes throughout the film......

please give me ur feedback on my plan of action......Actuallly i am trying to follow the tone pattern as of the "The Portrait of a lady'..wonder what stocks they had used for their emotional storytelling....

Thanks a zillion.
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