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Old 01-25-2018, 02:24 PM
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Default filmic look techniques when shooting 30p

When we are shooting "creative b-roll" with prime lenses.
We shoot on Canon C300 (original model)
Sometimes the client's want 1080/29.97p as a more filmic look even though when it is broadcast it is 720/60p on the network.
We will sometimes use a tripod & prime lenses for this "creative b-roll" and try to use f/2-f/2.8 and go with a 1/48th second shutter speed for motion artifacts similar to shooting 23.98fps with standard 1/48th shutter.
Sometimes we will lower the black gamma for more contrast and "crushed blacks". We choose our camera profile and bake it in with whites clipping at 100% IRE broadcast legal as The client doesn't want to do color correction/grading. Sometimes we reduce sharpness in the Custom Profile.
Sometimes we use Nikon stills vintage prime telephoto lenses like a 180mm and put some christmas lights in the background for huge globes of spherical highlights.

I was wondering do others do these things also?

Other than starting to use a slider for Left-Right trucking or forward-backward dolly in/out camera moves would you share any other tricks/techniques for a more filmic-look when you have to stick to the producer's format of 1080/30p using a Super-35mm sensor camera?


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Old 01-26-2018, 02:29 AM
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To me its more about lighting. Get that right and all else follows. As for sliders I see a lot of them used by those who have no idea what they are trying to achieve with slider shots. In movie language the main use of slow tracking shots while people are talking is to create a feeling of separation from the person talking and their environment, or reveal something... usually it creates a sense of detachment which I can't help thinking is the exact opposite of what a good interview should be convening.
The art of good film making is using techniques to help tell the story, too many grab all the toys they can think of and to hell with the story as long as the shot looks cool.
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