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#1 Joel Froome

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 07:31 AM

Hey everyone
I was just wondering what your thoughts were as to what type of diopters or filters were used to achieve this effect that Reed Morano got in Meadowland.
I'm looking for a similar look for an upcoming shoot so any advice would be great.
I know she shot anamorphic but I also know that she did use a filter for this shot also.
Many thanks!

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#2 Will Barber

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 09:49 AM

What do you mean by "this effect"? It looks like a pretty normal shallow focus, possible with a black promist, though that could be the jpeg compression in the shadows.


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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 09:58 AM

Many anamorphic lenses don't focus as closely as spherical primes resulting in needing a diopter to get really close. It's not to create a look, though a diopter is not optically perfect so you may get a little more distortions like chromatic aberrations and a bit of softness. The shallower focus just comes from focusing closer.
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#4 Joel Froome

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 01:12 PM

In terms of this effect I just meant that I knew Reed said she wanted the focus to really fall off dramatically and used Dipoters for these type shots in the film, I just haven't played around with them much and was wondering if you could tell what type or strength just from this image but that makes sense thanks David.

 

Thanks for your help!


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#5 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 01:30 PM

With normal single element diopters shooting wide open, I would expect to see more chromatic aberration on high contrast edges. So that shot must have been done with a close focus lens or the Zeiss Master Diopters which are multi-element and APO corrected. I'm guessing the former, maybe something like the new Cooke 2x Anamorphic 65mm Macro?
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