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#1 Vincent Cheung

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 12:52 PM

Hey im new and its pretty cool to be a member on here!! I recently bought a DSLR and just experimenting around as im sure im speaking for everyone that we have a love of film, so taking it to the next level is a logical step :) Anyone got any advice for a beginner? But i've always wondered how Abrams has got that streak of lighting in his films like in Star trek and super 8, is it just a combo of his lighting and camera(might be a silly qn)? Thanks!

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 01:00 PM

It's a mixture of using Anamorphic Lenses ($$$$) as well as very well done post FXs ($$$), though it can also be done, to an extent with certain on camera filters ($$) or plugings for After Effects ($).
It's slightly cliche now-- almost like the "shaky hand held 'immediate'" camera oping which is slowly-- it seems-- to be fading.
And yes, it does come from the lighting as well as in order to get those streaks, you have to kick a light into the lens.
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#3 John Holland

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 01:00 PM

Both films were shot with Panavision Anamorphic lenses , which produce that flare if you shine a light into the lens.
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 01:16 PM

I think what Mr. Sierkowski means is Anamorphic Lenses ($$) and well-done FX ($$$$$$$$$$...)

advice for a beginner? Keep shooting and don't be afraid to experiment (cliche advice, but very true)
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 01:18 PM

Ben, how dare you devalue how important we camera people are! ;) You're probably right-- though having never done big FXs stuff, I honestly have no idea how much it would cost a post house to put a flare or two in a frame.
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 01:41 PM

Putting a light into a DSLR kit zoom will not produce the same effect.
More of a diffuse fog.
At least you don't have to wait for rushes anymore.
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#7 Jay Stewart

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 03:33 PM

totally overused these days, but you can achieve this effect simply with a blue streak filter if you wanted to do it on the cheap. ;)
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