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#1 XiaoSu Han

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 06:24 AM

Anyone seen the this shot by Rodrigo Prieto?

It looked anamorphic and they used a few methods inspired by Godard (dolly left right :)), and a cool diopter shot.

Anyone here seen it? What do you think?
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#2 Ignacio Aguilar

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 07:10 AM

Yes, I saw it a few months ago, when it was showed at the theaters here in Spain.

Prieto and Almodovar shot it in anamorphic, using the new G-Series anamorphic prime lenses from Panavision. I heard elsewhere they also shot some 16mm and some Genesis stuff, but none of it showed on the finished film. Which remains is some 1.85:1 for the film being made whitin the film. This material was spherically lensed and showed with black borders on both sides of the 2.40:1 frame. Almodóvar had also switched from 2.40:1 anamorphic to 1.85:1 for the period scenes on "La Mala Educación" ("Bad Education"), but back then whole film was shot anamorphic and they simply matted the sides for the 1.85:1 scenes.

I enjoyed the film, though it may be a bit too long. Prieto's work is quite good, but a bit different from his usual approach, probably to accomodate Almodóvar's style, featuring very saturated colors and high-key lighting. Plus the negative is always very healthy and perfectly exposed, while Prieto usually likes to play with different stocks and grainer textures for mood. Overall, the photography is a nice departure from films like "Babel" or "21 Grams" towards a more consistent and less realistic look.
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