Jump to content


Photo

Pulling Wide Open

wideopen focus pulling

  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 Matthew Greiner

Matthew Greiner
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 32 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • New York, NY

Posted 30 March 2015 - 03:03 PM

Hey guys, 

 

Last night I was working as a B Cam 1st AC on an indie film shooting with Arri Amiras + Master Primes on an overnight. The majority of the time, we were sitting in the range of T/1.4 - 2.8 (regularly opening up all the way or near) and often were on fairly long lenses (sometimes B cam was on a 135mm, yikes) and pulling focus was quite challenging.

 

Now I understand that pulling wide open on longer lenses is never going to be an easy feat, and I consider myself pretty solid at pulling focus in more healthy conditions, but I'm just wondering if any long-time seasoned ACs out there would be willing to share any insight they may have about his process.

 

Are there any tips you may have for pulling with such shallow DOF besides just doing it over and over again and developing natural muscle memory? The frustrating thing was that we had very little rehearsal time during many of our scenes, so I was left to just "feel it" and do my best as the cam-ops frantically floated around, leaving little room for marks (which were pretty useless anyway with the slightest mark adjustment rendering them quite off).

 

Also, how kosher is it to request a deeper stop in order to get the shot easier? Is this something that is acceptable to do?

 

Thanks guys,

 

-M


Edited by Matthew Greiner, 30 March 2015 - 03:04 PM.

  • 0

#2 Matthew Greiner

Matthew Greiner
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 32 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • New York, NY

Posted 30 March 2015 - 03:19 PM

Nevermind, I found another post like this, but can't seem to delete this one.


  • 0



Technodolly

Tai Audio

Broadcast Solutions Inc

The Slider

rebotnix Technologies

Ritter Battery

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Glidecam

Willys Widgets

Metropolis Post

CineLab

Visual Products

Paralinx LLC

Aerial Filmworks

CineTape

Abel Cine

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Rig Wheels Passport

FJS International, LLC

Wooden Camera

Rig Wheels Passport

CineLab

Aerial Filmworks

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

FJS International, LLC

Ritter Battery

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

The Slider

rebotnix Technologies

Technodolly

Wooden Camera

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Willys Widgets

Visual Products

Metropolis Post

Paralinx LLC

CineTape

Abel Cine

Glidecam

Tai Audio