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#1 Nick Nelson

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 01:04 PM

One of my favorite films is The Departed, aside from the great story and cinematography, the lighting is amazing. 

 

My favorite shots are in the State Trooper offices of Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin's offices and conference rooms.

 

Has anyone here worked on this particular set or know if they used lens filters, filters on the windows or increase the lighting to match the exterior, so you can clearly see the buildings across the street?

 

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Thanks!!

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 01:09 PM

I believe that was a set with a photo backing outside the window.


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 01:25 PM

I was thinking that but wasn't too sure, since I don't know the Boston area and I know that in Breaking Bad, the DEA offices were filmed on an empty floor downtown Albuquerque. So I was wondering if they did film on location or in a sound stage.

Thanks for the clarification Mr. David Mullen!!


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 01:53 PM

I didn't work on the shoot, other on this forum might have, but being a native Bostonian I can tell you that the cityscape shot behind Martin Sheen and Mark Wahlberg is accurate. There are many government buildings around that area of town. The building behind Mark head (the brick one) is where the former Senator Kerry had his offices. I do think David is correct though.


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#5 Sean Cunningham

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 08:28 PM

It looks like a translite in that picture.  I seem to recall thinking most of the similar views didn't really look like location photography.


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:46 AM

Thanks for all your replies, I greatly appreciate it!! Judging the office scene, the rim light of Martin and Mark hits them from a different direction then the sun casting down on the buildings. Thanks again!!


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