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#1 Brian Rose

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Posted 19 May 2005 - 10:59 PM

FOr those of you who have seen Carl Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc, you will undoubtedly be familiar its striking cinematography, one that used newly developed panchromatic black and white film to capture the detail of the human face, sans makeup. Although any film would need to be heavily assisted by lighting (as Dreyer used extensively) to achieve this look, what b/w 16mm, neg or reversal, would you say is best to achieve this look, this wide range of "colors?"
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Posted 22 May 2005 - 12:22 AM

Plus-X negative 7231 is the standard camera film stock for b&w features and has not changed significantly in decades.

http://www.kodak.com...1.4.4.8.6&lc=en

Also try Ilford FP4 negative.

http://www.ilford.co...pdf/FP4Plus.pdf
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#3 Josh Hill

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Posted 22 May 2005 - 01:18 AM

Don't forget 7222. Kodak 7231 is a 80/64 speed stock (I believe, I'm too lazy to go check the film can) while 7222 is a 200 speed stock.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 22 May 2005 - 01:42 AM

Don't forget 7222. Kodak 7231 is a 80/64 speed stock (I believe, I'm too lazy to go check the film can) while 7222 is a 200 speed stock.

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If he's trying to recreate the sharp "etched" look of "The Passion of Joan of Arc", shot in 35mm on slow-speed b&w neg, then if he's shooting in 16mm, he should probably stick to Plus-X neg, if not Plus-X reversal, for as much fine-grain and sharpness as he can get.
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Posted 23 May 2005 - 07:58 PM

Also consider the processing cycle. IIRC, the projection of "Joan of Arc" I've seen was very contrasty. You may want to consider pulling your stock and developing in a high contrast developer such as D19.
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