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#1 David Calson

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 10:01 PM

Hi, I want to buy a diffusion filter to replicate some of the looks from Kaminski, from reading AC, I know he's used Schneider filters, though those are little too expensive, I was thinking about getting some sort of tiffen filter. They make a lot of diffusion filter, but I wasn't sure which one would give that great Kaminski look.

Also, what other things would you say easily identifies a film as being shot by Kaminski, other than his name being in the credits. Thank you!
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 11:10 PM

Filters aren't everything.

To really get the Kaminski look you'll have to dissect his lighting style per movie and nail that first!
Also each filter gives a different look, a Schneider will differ from a Tiffen. I prefer Tiffens for that reason, but again it's a personal preference.

Why try to replicate someone else's style? Why not find your own.
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#3 David Calson

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 11:28 PM

It's not that I'm trying to be Kaminski jr, I just find his work very engaging and is one reason I'm so passionate for cinematography. Just trying to incorporate his style into mine a lil...
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 11:31 PM

Ahh, see that's much better wording lol.
I too an a big fan and admirer of his work, but there is a difference between films, ya know? Diving Bell and the Butterfly looks substantially different from say, A.I. and Minority Report differs from Munich.
I would again, start by dissecting his lighting (where the light is coming from) first, as that'll be the best thing to replicate/assimilate, then moving into certain camera motions and the like, framings, lenses, etc, and then filtration to taste.
Give a try to a Tiffen Pro Mist, or a Black Pro Mist, but I would say nothing really replicates a Schnider.
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Posted 23 June 2008 - 10:36 AM

thank you sir!
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