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Brian McGugan Action City Productions <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 21 Oct 1996 21:06:08 -0700
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At 2:42 PM 10/21/96, Fifield wrote:
>From: Fifield <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject:      Re: filters to get "warm look"
>To: Multiple recipients of list SCREEN-L <[log in to unmask]>
>        Please define "some filters." Which ones, what type,
>etc.....thanks in advance...Jarrett
I think this is sehr cool what you want to do - do it now, do it fully and
don't back off for one second! If you want to talk more about this kind of
stuff let me know. I'm gave to let you know what I have done like this (I
am an actor who got bored with being at the mercy of others, who got tired
of filling out forms for funding and getting turned down, and so took the
visa card, shot some film and now have sold my first project to Bravo!
Canada. I can send pictures as well...etc...
And so...
re: Filtration for video...
Try a black pro mist 1/4, 1/2 and full, perhaps even stronger
Try white pro mist same configs.
Try double fog 1/4, 1/2
Single fog is too hokey (Hallmark)
Also a mild coral is nice. 1/4,1/2 or full
Try a '812' (I think that's the number) which is like an 85 but more for
skin tones and no stop loss
Try an 'enhancer' (reds)
Try net on the back of the Video lens if the lens is detachable
Try a net (very very fine - hairnet? )in front of the lens
Try attaching a bicycle wheel onto the front of the camera with a magic arm
and spinning it while you shoot (make sure you are getting some light on
the spokes to create the effect - the spokes should be right close to the
lens, we should not see them in focus or even know what they are...
Same with tinsel, or for that matter, anything which slightly obscures the
picture, shoot into mylar, shoot through anything but air...
Try shooting your footage and then playing it back on a hi res flat monitor
and re- shooting it again off the monitor. If you use a zoom and are
somewhat far back from the monitor, you can get a good 'gelatine' quality
added to the picture. Remember the monitor settings become your picture so
take the time...
Also the Amiga has Video Toaster, with the "film look" processer.
Try processing in Post with the Panasonic MX 1 and use the strobe on the
mildest setting. Try other brands of digital mixers for the same idea.
There is a company which will do  "FilmLook" (that is their trade name)
process that is rather expensive...
There is a great trick where if you shoot BetaCam, you do a double speed
transfer of all the footage (or chosen takes) and then do all your cutting
at 50% speed. For this you need a really nice edit suite (Betacam) with
software driven board etc., but if you can find one, this will give you a
bit of a 'filmic' look... they use this foir Karaoke videos all the time...
(200% transfer to another sub master and then edit with that tape at 50%
speed for "Real Time") You actually lose one field in 4 and thus the
And use Hi -8 MM and try manual iris and shoot one stop over to
oversaturate the look a bit and also to smooth out the 'video sharpness'
Nothing is worse that undersexposed video; over a bit is cool (my opinion -
arts not techie background)
There you go... All my secrets take them use them and have fun...
                         Brian McGugan
     Box 15699 Main Post Office Vancouver B.C.
                       Canada  V6B 5B4
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