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#1 esstar

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 02:12 AM

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Hello all,

I'm gonna first time shoot at mountains, they are not extremly high, but
high enough to see all the city.
So, I'm interested with your experience and advices. (like which
problems can I have on shooting or in post production?)
My biggest problem is that I cannot use artifical light, just reflectors
and some diffusers.
At least if you give me some good films shooted already by this way, (I
hope) it will be good lesson to me.


Esther Schaer
Student Cinematographer
All Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK)

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Edited by esstar, 20 July 2005 - 02:14 AM.

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#2 Tim J Durham

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 07:19 AM

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Hello all,

I'm gonna first time shoot at mountains, they are not extremly high, but
high enough to see all the city.
So, I'm interested with your experience and advices. (like which
problems can I have on shooting or in post production?)
My biggest problem is that I cannot use artifical light, just reflectors
and some diffusers.
At least if you give me some good films shooted already by this way, (I
hope) it will be good lesson to me.
Esther Schaer
Student Cinematographer
All Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK)

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What will you be shooting once you are up in the mountains? Is it scenes for your film with actors
or is it nature b-roll?
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#3 Matt Pacini

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 07:05 PM

Is it rocky or forested with lots of trees?

I shot about 25 days in the mountains, and here are a few problems off the top of my head:

1. Sun keeps moving, so it's hard to find places to bounce light, and you don't have much time to shoot each setup, because the light changes so fast.

2. Although it's beautiful in the mountains, the random terrain makes it tough to come up with interesting compositions; everything starts looking the same.

3. Dust & dirt in the camera, on the lenses, on everything.

4. Packing all the equipment in is a nightmare if you're far from roads, and doubly so if you have a small crew, and/or lots of gear.

5. Keeping the equipment & film out of direct sunlight (again, because the sun keeps moving, so the spot you put your gear in the shade becomes right in the sun!).

6. It's easy for people to get injured falling, etc.
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