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#1 pierre robichaud

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 09:08 PM

Hi All,

I'm puzzled by a shot in the Godfather, shot by Gordon Willlis ASC. It is a beautifully modeled shot of the Chief's face when he meets Michael Corleone outside of the hospital-then breaks his jaw. The key is coming from camera left and there is an edge backlight, but I can't figure out how he lit that sliver on the right eye. Is the key just a hair to the right to cause it to spill over the other side? because nose shadow is very hard. Or is it a special? there is no reflection in that eye to give away the source-so a bounce? It seems too bright for that. Any ideas?

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Edited by pierre robichaud, 16 February 2014 - 09:09 PM.

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 09:31 PM

I think it's just one key light on the face, 3/4 frontal, but shining through something that created the shadow in the center of his face, maybe an iron bar fence, I'd have to see the scene again.  I don't think there is a second light for the other eye, you just just see one hat brim shadow running across his forehead.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 10:23 PM

It looks like a single source at just the right angle. Could be coming through something, as David says, or could just be one of those accidents of photography.


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#4 pierre robichaud

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:58 PM

Ahh. Thanks guys. The single, even illumination across the brow/shadow was actually throwing me off. Makes sense that it would be through something.

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