The MATRIX - Lighting you were not ment to see

by JamesNYCDecember 3. 2013 03:15

Like my last post here are a few frames from the movie 'The Matrix', one of my favorites, and a few screen captures show the over head lighting used in the scene as well as the lighting for the final seconds of the movie.

As 'Morphius' tilts his head back we can see the ARRI 6K space light's (A.K.A. 'satellites') positioned behind the silk that was also flown above the set. This provides the very soft low lighting and creating the noticeable gradation in the fall off of the shadows. It almost appears that the tonal range is compressed. But if you examine the images you see that the tonality is full range and that the muted tones of the prop and set styling is what is creating the muted effect.

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Lighting - You can see it in their eyes

by JamesNYCDecember 1. 2013 02:48

As if sitting back and enjoying a decent TV or web series wasn't enough I have developed a habit of looking for lighting setups or production mistakes like boom mics showing up in shots, cables cutting through the frame or on set. But for the most part I'm interested in trying to figure out how a lighting of a shot was done.

Sometimes it's as easy as looking in the eyes or reflections in a scene. Below are two examples from the TV show 'Blacklist'. These are screen captures of: season 1 episode 8.

A large silk on a frame, looks like 1/2 stop, and probably a 2K or 4K HMI

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Giant wet Plate Camera project Part 2

by JamesNYCMarch 30. 2013 01:08

Our friend James Weber who when not shooting fashion and beauty, has become a serious Wet Plate photographer. And like every American he too wants things bigger. To achieve that James did a great deal of research and came up with the idea of using an "Indoor Grow Room" as a camera.

check out his full story with more images videos and details here.

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Albert Watson Documentary

by JamesNYCJuly 31. 2012 10:02

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Video location scout for fashion shoot in Brooklyn "Dumbo" area

by JamesNYCJuly 30. 2012 12:30
Several weeks ago I worked on a shoot in Brooklyn "Dumbo" area.  While hair and make up was being done we took a stroll and did a little location scouting of the area. This proved invaluable when the art director ask were the location was that they saw with "BLAH BLAH BLAH" features. I had listed the streets a d locations in the audio track of the video.  Yes it hand held but if you pause the video in most instances you get a very clear view of the locations.
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Behind the scenes video for Sharper Image

by JamesNYCJuly 29. 2011 07:36

Here is a behind the scenes look at a video that I worked on for Sharper Image. This footage never ran in the U.S. but some of the final 2 - 3 seconds that was actually used in the final AD can be found on the internet

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Manfrotto Genus ND fader

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 12:38
Manfrotto shows us the amazing new Genus ND fader

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Manfrotto | Gitzo tripods

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 12:06
Manfrotto present the Gitzo line of tripods.

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Manfrotto | Lite Panels

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 11:14
Manfrotto show of the new Lite Panels for DSLR video makers

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K5600 Big Eye

by JamesNYCJanuary 20. 2011 22:04
K5600 Big Eye

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"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

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"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

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