Re: why we shoot film/contrast ratios and sensitivity

From: Scott Janush (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Mar 06 2006 - 19:34:28 PST

On Mar 5, 2006, at 1:50 PM, Mitsu Hadeishi wrote:
> We have had a whole slew of posts from people who say their reason for
> loving
> film has to do with the way it looks: the way it looks is dictated by
> its
> responsiveness to light (which is essentially sensitivity and dynamic
> range,
> because everything else can be simulated with postprocessing) and
> resolution.

The reason that I most appreciate film has to do with the people that
shoot it.
Having always been involved in post production, rather than production,
I hold directors of photography as some kind of mythic figures, able to
paint a scene with light, expose it how they see fit and the next
morning, more often than not, we look at the film as it comes out of
the lab, and I'm always amazed at their brilliance.

In the old days, maybe 5 years ago, the operator, DP and occasionally
director looked thru the viewfinder.

Contrast that with the current scenario of 25 people standing around
the video village, each and every one of them somehow of the opinion
that their opinion counts, when in fact it shouldn't.


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