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#1 John Lance

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 01:09 PM

I have a Panasonic GH7 and I want to shoot a film in darkness both indoors and outdoors. I have attached some images that show the look I am going for. I know that I will not get as good a look as Dario Argento does with my relatively cheap camera, but I was looking for advice on what aperture, iso, and shutter speed I should use.

 

I would also like to point out that I already have large sized colored flood lights available to use. Also, what effects could be done in post to make my film look similar?

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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 01:27 PM

The easiest method is to put coloured gels on your lights. The shutter speed is usually 1/ 2 x frame rate eg for 24 fps 1/48, Since you don't mention which lenses you're using or the wattage of your lights it's hard to go much further, but f2.8 isn't a bad stop to aim for.


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 01:32 PM

I meant I have a Panasonic DMC g7kk with a 14-42mm 4k lens kit. The wattage is between 20w and 50w for my lights


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#4 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 03:19 PM

The Dario Argento look and the film look in general is all about lighting. As a starting point, have a look at these gels: http://www.filmtools...-sheet-kit.html

You would clip these to your lights to create intense saturated color. Ideally, you would be using much more powerful tungsten lighting because saturated gels tend to soak up a lot of light. I would start with something like this: http://m.homedepot.c...Light/204684496

When you can afford it, get some tungsten fresnels with baby light stands: https://www.ebay.com...tm/252349078178

As far as camera, Brian is spot on. 23.98fps, 1/48-1/60 second shutter, ISO 400-800, f2-f4 is probably where you want to be.
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