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#1 Valentina Caniglia

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 02:57 PM

Dear All,


I shot a feature film in Palestine in October 2007. The director contacted me today to ask me if we could make a day shot into night. I know that we could do this in DI but is it possible to do with an optical printing?


Let me know

Thank You all

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#2 Dominic Case

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 05:54 PM

Depends on the shot. It is easy to print it darker - if your negative is normally exposed, then you can go up to three stops darker. That should be more than enough to make it . .well . . extremely dark. A bit of blue usually helps the illusion too.

But that won't make it night if you have sky in the shot. For a night shot, the light source is artificial, so the sky should be the darkest area, not the brightest. All you can do in a traditional grade is correct the colour and density in the entire frame.
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