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#1 Thats the way it was

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 07:51 PM

I have a quick question. When you are film a movie (Short or otherwise) on 35mm cameras or even high end digital like the vericam how many lenses would you use? Would you have a primary lenses and few other lenses for certain shots? Or do you just shot with one lens
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#2 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 01:33 AM

It depends.....but generally you have about 6 primes and a zoom or two. Could be more, could be less. I'm currently working on a feature where we're only using zooms (which is different than normal), and we have two, but normally you'd have some primes as well.
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Posted 07 October 2005 - 02:25 AM

Some directors, like Roman Polanski and Wes Anderson (who got the idea from Roman Polanski) like to use just one lens to shoot the entire movie. They feel that it helps the continuity.
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Posted 07 October 2005 - 07:49 AM

Some directors, like Roman Polanski and Wes Anderson (who got the idea from Roman Polanski) like to use just one lens to shoot the entire movie. They feel that it helps the continuity.


Or maybe they didn't have the budget :)
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Posted 07 October 2005 - 08:03 AM

I have a quick question. When you are film a movie (Short or otherwise) on 35mm cameras or even high end digital like the vericam how many lenses would you use? Would you have a primary lenses and few other lenses for certain shots? Or do you just shot with one lens


That's the way it was,
:) The selection of the lens always goes with what you want to achieve, for example : is you want to mimic an alien that has his head between it's legs, then I would use a fisheye lens.
But for a standard, drama, it's the most common to use all the lens (or almost all)available from the same manufacturer, and that is for continuity in quality, and look of the movie.
Many time though I have used some macro lenses that were from a different set, that caused me a little to nothing problem.
I said almost all because there are some focal lengths, that u don't mind to have or not in your inventory, if you have the one step after.
Example of Arri ultra primes: 10-12-14-16-20-24-28-32-40-50-60-85-100-135-180mm.
So u can just use: 10-14-20-28-32-40-50-85-100-135-180mm

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 10:15 AM

I am currently working on a short film that very faced paced almost like a chase scene. This is my first attempt at shooting a fast scene like this with different lenses. I am also working with the varicam. Does anyone have any suggestions on what lenses to use for this shoot. I have a 35mm pro adapter to use real 35mm lenses
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#7 Tim J Durham

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 11:35 AM

:) The selection of the lens always goes with what you want to achieve, for example : is you want to mimic an alien that has his head between it's legs, then I would use a fisheye lens.

Dimitrios Koukas

So THAT'S how you get the"alien-with-his-head-between-his-legs" shot!

EfharisTO Demetrious!
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