Ridley Scott focal lengths
Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:32 PM
Does anyone know if anything like this exists?
Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:03 AM
From what I know about his methods :
I seem to remember that he favors longer focal lengths in general. Sorry for not being able to provide you with a precise quote or website, but if I remember exactly what I read he said that he likes to use lenses from 75mm and beyond.
He shoots with multiple camera setups, sometimes as much as 8 cameras for a two-character dialogue scene.
There's also an interview of him floating around where he mentions using spherical zoom lenses most of the time. He only used anamorphic on Alien and didn't like it because of how it turned focus pulling into a nightmare (at the time).
Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:46 PM
Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:57 PM
He only used anamorphic on Alien and didn't like it because of how it turned focus pulling into a nightmare (at the time).
Not true - he eventually switched to Super-35 for that reason, and that he preferred using spherical zooms (which is why it is hard to say what focal lengths he preferred) which are faster (T/2.8 instead of T/4.5) but the following Ridley Scott movies were shot with anamorphic lenses:
Thelma & Louise
Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:49 AM
Here's his exact quote, that I misinterpreted :
"I always feel that when a film opens up and it’s wide, it’s kind of nice. I don’t do anamorphic. Alien was anamorphic and it was a nightmare for focus. It was the relatively early days of the anamorphic zoom lens. My focus puller in those days was Adrian Biddle (BSC). He recalibrated the lenses one weekend because for some bizarre reason they were forward-focusing. We couldn’t work out why; it would look sharp through the camera. Today, we tend to use Super 35 spherical, which is faster and easier to keep sharp."
Posted 25 September 2012 - 12:45 PM
Posted 25 September 2012 - 05:33 PM
Posted 25 September 2012 - 10:18 PM
I dont where you got the quotes about Alien from . But as far as i rememember no zooms were used on that shoot . Not enough light on sets with 100 ASA stock.
It's from an interview you can find here : http://www.icgmagazi...e-ridley-scott/
I can remember a couple of zooms in Alien. I wouldn't bet my life on it, but some shots really feel like they were zoomed in.
Now I need to watch it again.
Posted 28 September 2012 - 12:34 PM