Short film under forest canopy
Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:08 PM
Now, I am in the United Kingdom and we have horrible overcast, dull skies this time of year - which means even out in the open you will be stuck with a wide aperture most of the time. The majority of the short will consist of a man progressing through scenic countryside and inside thick woodland. Considering my average measurements of the locations gave me a reading of F4 and that is not exactly the depth of field you would be wanting for wide scenic shots of hills and forests - what can I do other than request more options with the film stock? I was thinking 100D for in the open and 250D for inside the forest - though I would like to be able to work within the boundaries set by the director regarding stock, if possible, though I cannot see how.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 05:02 PM
Is there something I'm missing?
Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:09 AM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:14 AM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:20 PM
Edited by Chris Burke, 04 November 2012 - 02:24 PM.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:25 PM
9.5mm, f2.0, DOF from 1.8m to inf.
12mm, f2.0, DOF from 3.2m to inf.
16mm, f2.0, DOF from 5m to inf.
So I think your wide scenic shots would be OK. If you do some sample plans of the shot geometry for the closer shots you can check the required DOF for those also.
Do people still use wheel calculators for DOF or does everyone do on an iPhone or something like that?
Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:28 PM
I don't see the big issue with 50D in a daylight wood, unless it's a very dense canopy with no light what-so-ever. If anything I find I'm often NDing on 16mm to kill some of the inherient DoF of the format. Anything wide you'll be fine, and hell, in your bright sunlight you'll be 'round an F16 or so. Unless it's early morning or early evening I'm wagering even on 50D you'll still be pulling out a 2.8 or the like even in the dimmest of woods.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:44 PM