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#1 Ed David

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 10:37 PM

I just watched "Beast of No Nations" which I highly recommend - it's on netflix.

 

And the deep reds and blues and orange.  

And then there is Spring Breakers that has the most amazing deep color.

 

What do you guys use as tools to create these deep colors - is it a certain Lee gel over a tungsten light - is it special colored kino bulbs.

 

I know it depends on the scene - but does anyone have a fall-back type of light they like to use for making these really deep colors?

 

 


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#2 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 11:53 PM

Usually party gels, either on a fresnel, wrapped around a kino tube, sometimes on a window. The Storaro collection by Rosco is a good place to start.

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#3 Ed David

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 01:49 AM

thank you very much - just ordered the Storaro collection and will start using all this stuff asap.


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#4 Simon Wyss

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 03:05 AM

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#5 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 11:39 AM

Playing with party gels for the first time is a lot of fun, I'm sure you'll have a blast Ed. For deep saturated color, I also like Primary Red, Fire Red, Chrome Orange, Yellow 101, Spring Yellow, Peacock Blue, and Chrysanthemum Pink. I'd recommend ordering a few gel swatch books from Rosco and Lee Filters so you can flip through find the ones you like. You can also get them for free at trade shows, expendable shops, and rental houses.
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#6 Matthew Padraic Barr

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 01:24 PM

You mentioned Spring Breakers, which was shot by Benoit Debie, AFC.
In that film, they shot on 2-perf film, and Debie claims that you can't get
the same amount of in-camera color on digital, you need to do a lot of
work in post to get the colors he achieved largely in-camera with film.
 

As Satsuki already mentioned, gels work great.
And I love Storaro gels as well. But don't forget about lens filtration.

Again in Spring Breakers, Debie used Blue/Yellow and Blue/Lime
Varicolor Polarizers during the first part of the film, the music-video
part, and that's how he got such interesting colors in the sky and the
sea for those scenes, which were lit only by sunlight.


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#7 Manu Delpech

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 05:44 PM

Speaking of which, any ideas which gels specifically did Debie use on Spring Breakers? same thing for Lost River?! There was a tiny article on Spring Breakers in AC but he just talked about the polarizers as Matthew said. 


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#8 Ed David

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 07:18 PM

thank you guys - your knowledge is incredibly useful.

 

The last time I used party gels was back in like 2008 with the hxv200 and I was an idiot for stopping at that because that camera could not handle color at all.

 

I'm going to start doing some testing asap now that I have the sony f35 which can handle color much much much much better.


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