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#1 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 12:45 PM

One of my favorite works of cinematography is coming out this week on blu-ray!
http://www.dvdbeaver...bur_blu-ray.htm

Nothing else to say, just that I'm excited.
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#2 Sean Lambrecht

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 05:53 PM

Seconded! Years ago I got a great deal on a case for 4x5 filters which happened to include a full set of Tiffen low con filters. My first thought was, "Excalibur... sweet..."

Errr, did Thomson use low cons on Excalibur?
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 07:04 PM

Seconded! Years ago I got a great deal on a case for 4x5 filters which happened to include a full set of Tiffen low con filters. My first thought was, "Excalibur... sweet..."

Errr, did Thomson use low cons on Excalibur?


Maybe somewhere, but mainly he used Harrison Black Dot Texture Screens (sort of a forerunner to something like Classic Soft Blacks) and sometimes a white net on the back of the lens.

"Barry Lyndon" was mostly shot with a #3 Low-Con, except for the f/0.7 candlelight shots. A few shots also had a net on the lens, I don't know front or back. The wedding scene, for example, and I think the bath scene where Barry comes in and kisses Lady Lyndon in the bathtub in the daytime.
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#4 Sean Lambrecht

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 01:05 AM

Interesting, thanks David. Wow, those Harrison filters are really something. I want a set!

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#5 John Holland

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:33 PM

Just been trying Harrison Double Fog with my Eos 550d/ T21 . Do like what iam seeing .
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#6 Ignacio Aguilar

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 05:11 PM

I just read this interview with art director, set decorator & production designer Roger Christian, where he briefly talks about the early involvement of "Alien" cinematographer Derek Vanlint with "Excalibur". Wasn't it Tony Pierce-Roberts who was replaced by Alex Thomson when the shooting had already begun?
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#7 Roberto Hernandez

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 03:13 AM

A few shots also had a net on the lens, I don't know front or back.

What is difference visually when using netting over the front or behind the lens? Do you know if popular cinematographers like Janusz Kaminski prefer one over the other. What technique for netting the lens do you prefer?
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#8 Brian Hulnick

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 02:06 AM

Interesting, thanks David. Wow, those Harrison filters are really something. I want a set!

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Those filters look unbelievable. You'd think the images would be unusable.
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#9 Richard Boddington

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 01:54 PM

The score for this movie was terrific. And I love that shot of the hand of the Lady Of The Lake pulling the sword back down underwater, I've always wondered how they did that shot? The sword just goes straight down.

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#10 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 03:21 PM

The score for this movie was terrific. And I love that shot of the hand of the Lady Of The Lake pulling the sword back down underwater, I've always wondered how they did that shot? The sword just goes straight down.

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I think they built a mechanical rig for the sword and fake hand/arm poking out of the water and going back down, but for that shot where Percival tosses the sword and the hand catches it at the end, I think that was a reversed shot, the sword was yanked out of the hand.
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#11 Joseph Arch

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 01:46 AM

Why do you enjoy these types of films David. The old films.
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#12 Mitch Gross

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 09:15 AM

Why do you enjoy these types of films David. The old films.

Um, maybe because it's a good movie?

And it's not so terribly old. I remember when it came out as I presume David does.
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#13 Joseph Arch

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 09:19 AM

I am guessing because they used a tripod and you can actually see what's happening.
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#14 Richard Boddington

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 10:15 AM

I am guessing because they used a tripod and you can actually see what's happening.


Ha, good one. When I was making Dark Reprieve a lot of people asked me if I would do it all handheld. I said no I was breaking with tradition and it would all be tri-pod mounted shots.

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#15 Joseph Arch

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 10:43 AM

How did they react?
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#16 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 11:12 AM

Ha, good one. When I was making Dark Reprieve a lot of people asked me if I would do it all handheld. I said no I was breaking with tradition and it would all be tri-pod mounted shots.

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That's what I like about you Richard, you're a true rebel. You probably shot it on some weird medium like film too. ;)
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#17 Richard Boddington

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 11:15 AM

I know crazy! I even used this new device called a dolly, and another new invention....the camera jib. It makes the shots like all crazy smooth and stuff.

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#18 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 12:09 PM

Pfft; where's the realism in that! We all know you're not cool Richard unless you shoot on something Digital; because that's where it's at obviously. I heard some people say so!
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#19 Michel Hafner

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 12:28 AM

One of my favorite works of cinematography is coming out this week on blu-ray!
http://www.dvdbeaver...bur_blu-ray.htm

Nothing else to say, just that I'm excited.

Unfortunately it's not properly framed... :-(
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#20 Brian Hulnick

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 09:51 AM

Why do you enjoy these types of films David. The old films.


Many "Old" movies are timeless classics. Not a lot of today's crop will past the test of time me thinks.
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