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#1 Sanjit Majumdar

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 09:48 PM

I just completed my second no budget feature length film "Determinism," using only one Sony FX-1 HDV camcorder and available or practical lighting. Sometimes we used a wallmart bought flood light and gelled it certain colors or we used a desk lamp for few scenes. We didn't use any professional lighting equipment or setups, but the film looks good. My DP didn't have any experience with professional lighting setups or cameras, but it didn't matter cause all that stuff consumes time and money anyway. Of course we ran into roadblocks and sometimes scenes were underlit, but I'm happy with the overall result.

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#2 DS Williams

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 01:59 AM

Lighting looked good on some shots, nice first effort.

I have 2 suggestions

I think, first of all, you should shoot in widescreen and use longer focal lengths...the deep focus and barrel distortion inherent in those short 1/3inch wides just scream video

another is, on the outdoor night shots, you should at least give them accent light or something. It looked alright, but it didnt look like it took that much effort
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