I've been a member and a lurker on this forum for a while now and have learned so much from this place, it's just been an excellent resource for me. I am a young and relatively inexperienced cinematographer, only a year removed from film school and what I really hope to gain with this production journal is to get feedback about my process and any other critique you have for me. Hopefully other people in similar situation as me reading this will learn something too!
A little about the project:
It's about a couple arguing while making breakfast and doing some other things around the house. The film takes place entirely inside during the morning hours. It will be almost entirely hand-held. I want to light it very natural, I'm using Revolutionary Road as a reference; especially towards the end when Leo and Kate erupt and it's all hand-held.
For cameras I am considering the F900R and EX3. I like the F900 because of the shallower DOP I can get, which I think will really come in handy since we may be shooting in a small space such as an apartment. I really want the back ground to be fuzzy. The EX3 is a lot cheaper and the work flow is easier and faster, plus I know the EX3 really well.
It will be my first time using the F900 and unfortunately we don't have the money for testing. That's the only thing really holding me back. Do you guys have any suggestions about which gamma curve would work for me or do you think I should just shoot flat and correct in post?
Next week I will be going down to Connecticut to do location scouting. We are looking at a couple house and an apartment. I will be taking lots of pictures and will post them next week along with the lighting diagrams I will create based on the location we choose. This is where I hope a lot of people give some input.
BTW, does anyone know good rental houses in Connecticut? So far I've found HB Group, which carries the F900R and Clear Light which carries the EX3. If anyone knows any other places please let me know. We have to rent everything from Conn. for tax reasons.
Edited by Kyle Bourgoin, 13 July 2009 - 01:09 AM.