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Filters used in Polanski's "Cul-de-Sac"


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#1 Fabrice Ducouret

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Posted 06 June 2015 - 01:48 AM

I watched Polanski's "Cul-de-Sac" yesterday, and thought that the black and white cinematography was incredible.
I am wondering what type of gradient filters were used for what seemed to be "day-for-night" scenes in which the actors are sometimes black silhouettes when they are under the dark part of the filter, and then bright again when they are on the transparent part.

I have some gradient filters, but the "dark" part isn't very dark.


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 June 2015 - 03:24 PM

ND grad filters come in soft and hard transition edges, and in different strengths just like regular ND.  Generally I find that for normal stuff, ND.3 grads are too subtle and ND.9 grads are fairly obvious, so 90% of the time I use an ND.6 grad -- but it sounds like you are looking more for an ND.9 grad.


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Posted 07 June 2015 - 12:18 AM

Thank you very much David! Very humbled to have an answer from you :)


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