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as a cinematographer for film do i need to learn any of this?


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#1 Sharwina Wina

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:08 AM

do we use wavefront monitor or vectoscope or test chart in film lighting? or in any process in filmmaking? as a cinematographer i need to learn anything about this to work in film?
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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:05 PM

Waveform monitors are commonly used on digital shoots, and you will increasingly (and soon, I suspect, overwhelmingly) encounter this situation.

So yes.

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#3 Michael Morlan

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 11:02 AM

What Phil said.

When shooting digital (which, in my world, is almost all the time) I prefer to light by eye and meter - just as I would for film. That is especially important when one is lighting without the benefit of camera, monitor, or scopes on set.

But, it never hurts to finalize the image with the best tools possible. So, yeah, learn to use a light meter, learn to light by eye, learn to read waveform monitors, vector scopes, parade scopes, histograms, etc...
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#4 Rick Cook

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:48 PM

I DP a lot of studio shoots for television. I ALWAYS use a waveform monitor and vectorscope when painting the camera/camera's. Its not that difficult to learn, and they can be extremely useful.
I'd say you should totally get comfortable with them. You may want to just shoot film's, but you will always have bills to pay. Some shoots will require different things.
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#5 Patrick Shelton

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:40 PM

The question here isn't whether you need to or not, rather it is whether you want to or not? "Any knowledge is good knowledge IMO

Edited by Patrick Shelton, 10 December 2011 - 03:41 PM.

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