Crew with dark goggles in 1920th filmaking?
Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:57 PM
I am wondering why F.W.Murnau and his crew
wear dark goggles while filming, as portrayed
in "Shadow of the Vampire"?
Posted 01 July 2010 - 08:16 PM
Edited by JD Hartman, 01 July 2010 - 08:18 PM.
Posted 02 July 2010 - 11:12 AM
Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:26 PM
the lights seemed to be on all the time on the set.
Between takes googles where removed.
Why removing them while "hazardous" light is still on?
Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:50 PM
Posted 04 July 2010 - 03:44 AM
Very soft and flat lighting with goggle wearing actors for a historical movie. No mercury-vapor lamps, no arcs
Posted 04 July 2010 - 07:16 AM
Posted 19 April 2014 - 09:19 AM
Posted 19 April 2014 - 02:47 PM
I believe the original film maskers wore magenta goggles. This would help them to see the scene as the film would. The effect is similar to the darkroom. It removes the ability to see in color. Seeing a monochromatic view allows one to have an improved view of the set lighting. Perhaps a lost toll of the cinematographers art that could be used effectively today. I'm tired of films that are set so dark you can't see the action.
The monochrome viewing filter is a Wratten 90, kind of a dirty amber in color. The screengrabs do show this in the one shot that you can see through the googles. The Wratten 90 only transmits about 10% of the light and passes nothing of the spectrum below about 560nm, so they would also be fairly good eye protection against arc light.
Tiffen still makes Wratten 90 filters AFAIK.
Posted 22 April 2014 - 06:53 AM
I wondered if it didn't make their eyes about as sensitive to light as the filmstock at the time too but yes I'm guessing it's protection for when they strike the lights.