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#1 Lucas Arreguin

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:46 PM

I'm shooting a 16mm film and we have an interrogation scene where we re doing a 360 dolly shot. There are two agents and a man that gets questioned and hit. The dolly will be circling the agents and the victim the entire scene. I'm looking for films to watch that will help me recreate this scene. If anybody has any suggestions please let me know. Thank you.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:50 PM

I'm shooting a 16mm film and we have an interrogation scene where we re doing a 360 dolly shot. There are two agents and a man that gets questioned and hit. The dolly will be circling the agents and the victim the entire scene. I'm looking for films to watch that will help me recreate this scene. If anybody has any suggestions please let me know. Thank you.


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There are many movies with 360 degree shots -- I believe a restaurant scene near the end of "Hannah and Her Sisters" has one you may want to take a look at.
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#3 Warwick Hempleman

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 03:19 AM

You could also look at just about anything Michael Ballhaus shot, 360 moves are practically his trademark.
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 08:52 AM

There are several ways to approach the 360 style of dialog. Screen direction always gets screwed up and it is really tough to get key dialog on camera. There are several tricks a use. I will put two cameras on the dolly. Maybe 20 degrees apart. They are close enough together so that they don?t get in each others shots. But the timing is off enough to insure you get correct6 screen direction and key lines. With single camera I try to change the start mark of the dolly for every take so you have a variety of footage. Changing the direction of the camera can also give you the variety you need. You can also take key dialog lines and repeat them to ensure they are caught on camera. Because screen direction is becoming less and less important these days you can if you desire to just ignore it.
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#5 Mike Washlesky

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 12:06 PM

I'm shooting a 16mm film and we have an interrogation scene where we re doing a 360 dolly shot. There are two agents and a man that gets questioned and hit. The dolly will be circling the agents and the victim the entire scene. I'm looking for films to watch that will help me recreate this scene. If anybody has any suggestions please let me know. Thank you.



There's also that rooftop scene from "The Departed" you might want to view.
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#6 Ira Ratner

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 11:03 PM

If this is technically going to be a problem for you, I would suggest just thinking about another way to emote the same action/tension.

I bet you can come up with a much better way than just spinning the camera 360 around the scene.

That's a style you're just copying, and I KNOW you can do better.
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#7 Evan Andrew John Prosofsky

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 02:55 PM

Hi!

I am somewhat shocked no one has mentioned Wally Pfister's beautiful photography in 'The Dark Knight'. There must four or five times the camera does full 360 stuff around the talent. Maybe a little bit too cheesy and unnecessary, but they do add a certain dramatic element and really give those scenes a punch. Check them out!
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