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#1 DaNiElE BeLArDo

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 04:00 AM

hello !

which lens i should buy on (16mm or super 8) to reach the smoothness , the pastel color of kubrik' s film BARRY LYNDON?? (indipendent to the format)

the angenieux lens have this "look" "mood" ??

many thanks
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#2 Scot McPhie

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 05:50 AM

The colour probably had more to do with the stock (not the format) than the lense.

The lense wasn't your average lense anyway:

  1.  How were Kubrick and cinematographer John Alcott able to film scenes using only candles for lighting?

      Kubrick obtained a special 50mm camera lens designed by the Zeiss Corporation for use by NASA in shooting still pictures in the low light levels of outer space. The lens was 2 f stops faster than the fastest movie camera lens made at the time.

      Kubrick had Cinema Products Corporation adapt a standard 35mm Mitchell BNC movie camera so that the camera could accept the lens. Cinema Products was later able to create two more special lenses by using 70mm projection lenses together with the 0.7 Zeiss 50mm lens.

      These special lenses allowed Kubrick and Alcott to shoot the indoor scenes using nothing but candlelight. This actually proved to be very challenging, as the low light levels reduced the depth of field and made it impossible to focus the cameras by eye.

      Shields had to be installed above the sets (which were filmed in actual castles in Ireland and England) to keep the heat and smoke from the candles from damaging the ceilings. The candles also had to constantly be replaced, to keep continuity during the scenes.

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Try this too

I haven't given it too much thought but I'm sure certain parts of the look could be replicated.

Good luck

Scot
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