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Is Battlestar Gallactica really shot in HD video?


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#1 Scott Larson

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 01:39 PM

I've read how the pilot was shot on film but they switched to HD video to shoot the rest of the episodes of the series. There's even a nice article on it.

But when NBC broadcasted the last three episodes in HD, I noticed spots and hair that I would assocate with a print from a negative. This is a crop from one of the last scenes in the last episode of season one:

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How could that hair be there if it had been shot entirely on HD video? :blink:
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 02:23 PM

Maybe it was a slo-mo shot done on film?
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#3 Scott Larson

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 11:09 PM

Maybe it was a slo-mo shot done on film?

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I think you're right! Before the cut to slow motion, the scene has the clear look of HD video. All the sequences that were clearly shot in slow motion have much more grain and less contrast (not to mention dust and hair) than the ones that are regular speed. I assumed this was a natural side effect of shooting in slow motion (faster shutter) but this looks much worse than that.

It even looks like they had the actors try to move slowly during the parts of the scene that were shot on video. It looks awkward after you see it a few times because some actors are moving slower than the others.

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#4 Matt Pacini

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 06:33 PM

Hey, this gives me a thought:
Maybe they'll come out with digi-cams soon, with a "add digital dirt & hair" button on them to give you that "film" look!

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#5 Landon D. Parks

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 01:41 AM

Thats why they invented Vegas? software Matt, nice little touch up to that "Film Look" you know.
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#6 Nate Downes

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 07:41 AM

Last time I checked, they were still shooting on film, hence why the big Panavision logo in the final credits.

*edit* I just checked the sci-fi website where they list credits for every Galactica show, Panavision is still listed as the camera providor, and as the Genesis hasn't been flagged as in-use on the Galactica set, this lends itself to my thought that they are still shooting film, unless Panavision rents out other HD cameras.

Edited by downix, 16 September 2005 - 07:45 AM.

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#7 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 09:20 AM

Hi,

They do, (badly) modified F900s.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 11:01 AM

Last time I checked, they were still shooting on film, hence why the big Panavision logo in the final credits.

*edit*  I just checked the sci-fi website where they list credits for every Galactica show, Panavision is still listed as the camera providor, and as the Genesis hasn't been flagged as in-use on the Galactica set, this lends itself to my thought that they are still shooting film, unless Panavision rents out other HD cameras.

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Panavision is one of the largest providers of Sony F900 cameras to the rental market. Battlestar Galactica was on film for only the first 6 episodes (the "miniseries."). Both cycles of the series have been shot on HD video.
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