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#1 Daniel Ryan

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:04 PM

Hey, guys.  I'm totally new to this, and this short film was my first DP gig.  Here is a still from the short.  I wanted to use a diopter, but as we didn't have one, we had to create the split focus effect by shooting two passes, one side focused and the other not.  Then, we switched the focus and reshot.  Later, we spliced the two images together.  What do you guys think?  Shot on Blackmagic with a Sigma 10-20mm lens.

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#2 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:40 PM

Looks convincing as a still.  However, I'd like to see it in motion...


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 08:33 PM

Yeah, there's only so much a still can show... so far, it's ungraded.  When the film is complete, I'll post the shot.


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#4 Matthew Kane

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:01 AM

Your workaround for the split diopter effect works nicely. I'd be concerned when shooting that setup that the two takes might not match, performance wise, making editing... difficult.

 

I'll keep my eyes peeled for the final shot, but as a general note, the background has some issues--the hanging light fixture seems to be giving you a slight flare, and especially since the light source is in frame, it seems odd that it isn't a more dominant key light. For example, you could replace the bulbs in the fixture with a small wattage bulb, and use an artificial source from frame left to key her--using a little less fill for the opposite side.

 

That railing thing does your composition no favors. I'd be interested to see what it would be like if the woman were closer to the guy's eye level in the frame--my eye seems to drift off the right side of frame, following his gaze.

 

Not bad though! The first short I DP'd did not look as good.


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