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#1 Matt Burton

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 07:22 PM

:blink: I'm producing a film for raindance and the writers tell me they want 35mm Black and white. I really don't think the film would suit this but i just wondered if anybody has shot much on this format ?

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#2 Mikko Wilson

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 07:56 PM

When and where is this project taking place?

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Posted 17 December 2004 - 04:04 AM

I love 35mm B&W! The image can be so thick and rich, and it's something no one really sees much anymore so it has an instant artifice that really sets it apart in a wonderful way. You can get away with some fairly extreme stylistic lighting and the audience will go with it. Pity we rarely get to play with it anymore. There was a time when there were two cinematography awards at the Oscars each year, one for B&W and one for color. Oh well.
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#4 Matt Burton

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Posted 18 December 2004 - 10:02 AM

I love 35mm B&W! 

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Ah I was hopin to here something like that. Any ideas on film stock ?

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#5 Matt Burton

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Posted 18 December 2004 - 10:04 AM

When and where is this project taking place?

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February/uk.

Do you have any experience with this format ?
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#6 Mitch Gross

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Posted 18 December 2004 - 04:39 PM

I love 35mm B&W! 

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Ah I was hopin to here something like that. Any ideas on film stock ?

cheers
matt

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Kodak's two B&W negative stocks are Plus-X 5231 and Double-X 5222. Plus-X is around ISO 100 (more or less depending on the color temp of the light as it is blue-sensitive) and Double-X is ISO 250. Many DPs (myself included) find Double-X a bit course and overly contrasty, and prefer the look of Plus-X pushed one stop. I would suggest shooting a test.

Being in the UK, you do have some other options available to you. Look into Ilford's film stocks, although I think their brief experiment with cutting them for motion picture work is over. There's also Orwo from the former Communist Bloc. But my experience has led me to return to tried and true Kodak. You could also consider shooting color neg. for B&W finish. There's been an interesting thread on the CML about this lately (cinematography.org).

Thought this was a Steadicam forum. ;-)
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#7 Matt Burton

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Posted 19 December 2004 - 07:21 AM

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Thought this was a Steadicam forum. ;-)

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I will soon be looking at the steadicam forum for help with the steadicam sections of the film. Was just curious about the format having only shot on HD or dv before.

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