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Kuras' Technique in Lee's "Summer of Sam"


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#1 Sean Conaty

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 11:54 PM

I'm wondering if anyone knows how Ellen Kuras shot the David Berkowitz scenes in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam" (1999). I'm having trouble analyzing them. If you're unclear as to what I'm talking about, I'd be happy to give more details, but I don't want to mislead in any way.

I'm shooting a dream/hallucination sequence and I need it to be very stylistic and this is EXACTLY the look I'm going for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 Max Jacoby

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 04:26 AM

I don't have my ACs with me now, but there was an article when the film got released. As far as I remember they shot these scenes on crossprocessed reversal stock. For the shots of the dog, they used an anamorphic attachment, thereby squeezing the picture.
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#3 jon w

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 12:04 PM

i dont have the exact specs, but audiris is correct about the cross proccessing and anamorphic. i also remember shift and tilt lenses.
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#4 Wendell_Greene

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 12:25 PM

American Cinematographer - Summer of Sam article
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