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#1 Ramesh C Gupta

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 12:01 PM

Hi,

We are going to shoot a feature film on HD for the first time. After taking some suggestions from David and Karl, right here on the forum, I went to my producer and convinced him about shooting HD and bought a couple of books on HD, read them in three days completely. As I am not a pro, I couldn't get the whole hang of it but it looks like HD is gonna takeover film pretty soon. I sent my research notes to my Dp (sorry, forgot to say I'm going to direct the film) who is really excited about shooting HD. The feature is a romantic comedy and we are going to shoot with Panasonic HD Varicam w/ Fujinon Cinestyle lenses(that's the package). As my DP is out of town and we haven't had any discussions yet, I wanna warm up a bit before we sit.

Could you please tell me how you would plan for a low budget romantic comedy (I am looking for a warm look--just like the images below) with simple lighting setups and keeping HD in mind?
What lighting and camera equipment would you take ( it's a single location shoot, mostly interior and a couple of exteriors)?
Could you suggest any movies that fit the above description I can refer to?
Your own Checklist for HD shoots?

Thank you

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#2 Ramesh C Gupta

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 12:14 PM

Something like these...

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 12:15 PM

From a korean movie..
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 12:38 PM

China balls overhead, dimmed down a bit to give it warmth would be my first order of business.
You want to keep it nice and soft, but still have some direction.
Art direction is VERY IMPORTANT if you want warm colors etc, you'll need a warmly colored location and warm costumes/makeup etc.
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Posted 10 July 2009 - 01:43 PM

Like you said, we are going for warm colors. It's better to oversaturate the frame when shooting for HD as when printing to a film, the image tends to get washed out a bit. Could you please give me a list of lighting equipment you would take apart from China balls like Tungsten etc?

Edited by Ramesh C Gupta, 10 July 2009 - 01:46 PM.

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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 02:22 PM

Well it would depend on exactly what's going on in terms of the shots and the locations. Perhaps I'd get lucky and not need anything more than a bounce board, for example, if the location is sufficiently situated to the sun. Else maybe I'll need a 2K and some 1Ks/650s and smaller or I might need a Ruby-9 etc. And a lot of us here would probably give you very different lighting lists even for the same location same shot.
However, if you're dealing with a low budget and just household power I'd go with a few 2Ks, some 1K par can with NS and VNS lenses, a few 650s and 300s, and a lot of household bulbs in variable wattage. I'd also look into a few larger and smaller units as needed.
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