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#1 Nick Norton

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 06:43 PM

Since my only camera (super 8 canon 1014xl-s) is no longer working, i've thought about using my 35mm slr to continue experimenting with light.

I'm also in the midst of purchasing my first proffessional light kit, and wanted something to try it out with.


So, do you think i could learn lighting for cinematography from a still camera?


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#2 John Sprung

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 07:01 PM

Yes, absolutely. It can be even better, because you can take your time looking at the results. Look for those companies that spool down motion picture stocks for still cameras. They develop the neg, make a workprint, and send you that workprint mounted as slides. Looking at projected slides is very useful. But paper prints don't correspond as closely to what you'd see in a theater.



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Posted 12 June 2008 - 08:34 PM

Anyone else know of the companies John is talking about?


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#4 Michael Waite

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 05:42 AM

Anyone else know of the companies John is talking about?

A&I in Los Angeles do it, although I don't think it's essential to use motion picture stocks for what you mentioned in the first post - experimenting with light. Regular stills film will do that just as well & cheaper & quicker.
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#5 Nate Downes

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 06:10 AM

A&I in Los Angeles do it, although I don't think it's essential to use motion picture stocks for what you mentioned in the first post - experimenting with light. Regular stills film will do that just as well & cheaper & quicker.

A&I stopped doing it awhile back. I'd recommend just using standard slide film, honestly.
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#6 Michael Waite

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 07:31 AM

A&I stopped doing it awhile back. I'd recommend just using standard slide film, honestly.

Are you sure? I had some done there in January.
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#7 Michael Waite

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 07:45 AM

Are you sure? I had some done there in January.

Just checked A&I's website & they stopped this service at the end of May.
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