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Chris Steel

Member Since 14 Feb 2017
Offline Last Active Jul 14 2018 05:53 AM
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In Topic: Plexiglass Shield for Horror Film

13 July 2018 - 11:21 AM

If it's particularly wet:

Bag the camera, optical flat, allweather tape inside the mattebox to fill any gaps / wipe clean easily.

 

PPE should also be worn if there's air canons in play. Sure don't want to loose an eye, not in this trade.


In Topic: Bright Flashlights (don't want flicker)

13 June 2018 - 05:12 PM

 

Can you explain a little more :  ''  so bounce boards and spark operated torches were used often to fill in where necessary" 

 

Cause im going to shoot a horror movie with lots of scenes with torches in a cave, and we wan't to feel real inside it. 

 

I should preface, I'm a 1st AC and not a DP so this is all from what I've seen on set and I'm leaving things out which I would consider the working DP's IP or personal technique.

 

4'x4' Poly or bounce board hidden out of shot so when the torches land there you get more fill on that side. Far side seemed to work well. Maybe use unbleached muslin or other material to give a more natural feeling bounce.

 

In close ups where one or more character is completely out of shot, have a spark operate the torch or instruct the actor to have the torch somewhere that gives more fill.

 

Have actors point torches at each other when talking, to the chest worked well if standing close together as it wasn't too harsh.

 

Finding some way of adding "realistic" practicals or external light could help you out. Inexplicable shafts of moonlight for example.


In Topic: Can you display slightly zoomed in on Alexa Mini?

13 June 2018 - 01:14 PM

I've had a preset with a slight crop on the framelines and a 75% matte to "hide" the vignette. Wont zoom in as such but it works well enough.

I used the Arri framelines tool as it has more options than in camera


In Topic: FS7?

13 June 2018 - 04:14 AM

The Ronin M is really quite small. Even the FS5 can be a pain to rig if you have a bigger lens, wireless focus, scratch audio on there.

As shown in the video above, Cine Milled plate is a must. I'd also recommend the Pan weight system as well if you're using cine style lenses (even the Samyangs) with wireless focus as you'll only just get pan balance without.

 

I've seen FS5 owners use an Atomos recorder to get better quality out. That adds a bit to the price but would give you a much better monitor to operate the gimbal with on top of better image quality.


In Topic: Bright Flashlights (don't want flicker)

11 June 2018 - 04:04 PM

My cheap backup torch which doesn't dim and has an unscrewable front (to easily put in CTO) has been used to replace the art depts torches more times than I care to count. Simple, cheap torches that don't have a complicated PCB with PWM dimming are the way to go.

 

On a horror feature the DP had a LOT of torches but very few spares as there were so many characters. Switching out gels wasn't really doable on the time scale so bounce boards and spark operated torches were used often to fill in where necessary.

 

We rather liked having different colour temps for the different groups/characters as sometimes that was the only way you could see which character was where. Something to think about before getting the colour meter out and perfectly matching 20 brands of torches together :P


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