Posted 20 September 2005 - 02:59 PM
thanks for the kind words! In answer to your question, there was no diffusion used on the lens. I've never been that keen on it, although I am quite interested in having a look at a glimmer glass set.
just about all of our scenes were DAY/INT, so I had decided to only hire in HMI lamps, with a couple of 4 bank daylight kinos for fill. My plan was to light only through windows, with just the kinos in the room. However, as this was a production funded by the director, we were begging and borrowing a lot of kit, which included the kinos. The night before we were due to start shooting, the company who were lending them to us suddenly pulled out. This meant a quick rethink of my lighting plan, but nothing too serious. The main issue was that some of our locations were very tight for space (hence the need for kinos) and getting a fill lamp into the rooms (usually a .575 hmi through a 216 frame) was awkward.
I was using quite a lot of smoke on set as well, and having much the same problems as David Mullen has described on Astronaut Farmer. We had a smoke machine rather than a Hazer, so controlling the smoke level was difficult, with cast and crew in and out of small rooms all the time. Just when it would reach a good level, someone would open an exterior door and before your eyes it would evaporate :-(
It was a tough shoot, as these things usually are - long hours and short tempers, but I enjoyed it immensely, and i'm looking forward to seeing a cut.