Daylight film indoors
Posted 30 June 2005 - 07:26 AM
I'm hoping to shoot a short film in August on 16mm, here in Ireland, using Fuji Reala 500D, as I'll probably be shooting early moring until late evening, and I wanted as much exposure latitude as possible. I see on the Fuji website, that the Reala stock can be used with normal fluorescent lights with no need for a compensating filter. Since i have some indoor scenes that start the story, i was hoping to stick to the Reala for these scenes and light it via fluorescent lights, if need be. The only thing I'm worried about is whether or not I'll get any colour cast from these lights, or is this the sensible option, as i can't really afford an extra can of 400T or 500T just for 3 short shots. Any tips would be very welcome. I am studying film production at college, but as we've only finished first year, of four, they've only given us the basics when it comes to the expensive art of shooting film! Myself and my DP are confident we can shoot it this way, but I feel it's no harm asking those with more experience if they've been in similar situations.
Thanks in advance for your time answering any of the above questions.
Posted 30 June 2005 - 10:57 AM
Eterna 500T would make more sense, being a newer finer-grained emulsion.
Anyway, yes, you could use 500D for night interiors ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" did) but you'd get better results lighting with something closer to a daylight balance, like HMI's or Kinos with daylight tubes. Or if you have to light with tungsten, at least try and gel everything for a half-blue correction to take some of the redness out, otherwise that's a lot of warmth to try and correct in post.
Posted 30 June 2005 - 11:40 AM
Thanks for your quick reply.
Posted 30 June 2005 - 01:27 PM
And would overexposing the 500D, or indeed, the 250D, by 1/3 of a stop effectively reduce that softness, under available light or flourescents?
Overexposing a 1/3 of a stop gives a "healthier" negative, generally improving the grain structure, not necessarily reducing the "softness" of the image.
To quote John Pytlak, kodak's technical specialist:
"Slight overexposure generally helps reduce the graininess of color negatives, since more scene information is placed on the finer grained mid and slow emulsions. With more exposure, the image captured by the larger grained fast emulsions are the deep shadows, so they print darker making the grain less visible."
Posted 30 June 2005 - 06:15 PM
Or overexpose F-500D, it would help a little, like by 2/3's of a stop (i.e. 320 ASA.)
Or try Fuji Eterna 500T with an 85 filter, or partial correction like an 81EF, or an LLD filter (no light loss) and correct in post.
Posted 04 July 2005 - 02:47 AM