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#1 James Lee

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 03:19 AM

Hi everyone,

I completed a one year graduate diploma at film school last year, majoring in documentary, it was mainly focused on film-making as a director, with some classes on the technical side of camera work, lighting and location sound recording etc. Having completed the course though, I've been trying to learn more about film-making from a cinematography point of view.

Anyway, the documentary Born Into Brothels is one of my all time favourite documentaries, and it still is. I remember watching it a number of times before I started film school, absorbing the editing, the director's/editor's narrative decisions.

At present I'm researching to purchase a prosumer camera so I was in this frame of mind when I watched it again last night. For the first time I realised how grainy the images are! I don't really have a problem with it but I was wondering if this was something forum members here noticed immediately and whether you knew what kind of equipment was used to film it (I haven't contacted the film-makers).

If you were the cinematographer in a documentary like BIB, how might you have approached the filming process, and would your decisions change if you were working with an HD camera?

- James.
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#2 Ron Flex

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 01:50 PM

IMDB provides the following information on the film:

Laboratory
Alpha Cine Labs, Seattle (WA), USA


Film negative format (mm/video inches)
Video


Cinematographic process
Digital Video


Printed film format
35 mm


Aspect ratio
1.85 : 1



Maybe the grain is due to the transfer to 35mm?
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 01:57 PM

Not that I've seen the film, but the "grain," could also be noise from "gain," in situations where they had little light. Just another thought.
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