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#1 Jay Young

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 10:33 AM

I recently watched Salo for the first time and I must say I fell in love with the look of the interiors.

 

I know Pasolini used Arri, and maybe a mitchell cameras, and the only shot of the ceiling that I have seen looked like he used several giant chimeras - long cylindrical shaped suspended.

It was circa 1975.  But I would be interested in discussing how to achieve the same style of lighting.  I have judiciously included some screenshots, that would be suitable given the nature of the film. 

 

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And that's about all I can share as far as screenshots are concerned.  It has a quiet, subdued look.  Muted color palette.  I wonder if there were other film stocks available in Italy that are no longer that might add to the specific color look.  I am awating my Blue-ray version so that I can watch the 176min documentary footage which will hopefully shed some light on this... light.  HA!

 

 

 

 

 


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 11:14 AM

It probably was shot on regular Kodak, in 1974 that would have been either 5254 or 5247, 100 ASA tungsten, 5254 was a little bit more muted and lower in contrast but honestly, you can't judge something subtle like that on a video transfer, that look could also be dialed into the color-correction.

 

The slowness of the stock would probably require something like overhead Coop Lights for a rectangular soft box effect, but you can also see some hard spots from the ceiling highlighting objects and people around the room.

 

If this were a location, another option could be bouncing light off of the ceiling for this top-lit look, but I think the shot is too wide to hide lights on stands on the sides of frame, and the hard spots from above suggest a ceiling rig, either on location or in a soundstage.  Could even be some spaceflights instead of Coops but I suspect Coops.

 

Closer shots like the second could have involved bouncing the light.


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Posted 10 September 2015 - 09:02 AM

After watching David's AbleCine presentation on lighting, AND after watching a bit of behind the scenes of this film,  there are sets, (particularly some of the exterior sets) that were lit with many Spacelights.   I never could figure out what they were called, but they looked exactly like the ones rigged in a few of the photographs during the presentation.

 

I don't know much more, as by Blue-ray edition with the 174 minutes of extra has not arrived yet.  It could be that he lit the whole interior as a built studio set with those spacelights.  That would certainly give it that flat look.


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