FOCUSING ON CAMERAS, COLOR CORRECTION AND FILMLOOK®
Isn't video easier to use than film? Shouldn't it be cheaper and faster to shoot video and fix it in post if there's a problem? In many ways, shooting video is more complex and challenging than shooting 16mm or 35mm film. Film is easier to shoot correctly. There is no detail enhancement circuitry in a Panavision or Arri camera. There is no knee, gain, RGB, nor is there a "white balance" adjustment. All that is necessary is to select the correct film stock, set the right f-stop value, shutter and focus. Film is a little more forgiving than video if there is a chance of overexposure, because of film's dynamic range. Film exposure and color problems can usually be fixed in the lab or in telecine. Yet, film is certainly more expensive than FILMLOOK and may not be necessary for all productions, especially if they are going to end up on video.
Therefore, when shooting video for FILMLOOK, it is essential to use broadcast-quality cameras and a broadcast format in order to achieve the highest quality FILMLOOK transfer. It is important to have an experienced director of photography who is familiar with adjusting a video camera to compensate for variances in detail, color temperature, exposure and lighting. This experience is especially critical for a multi-camera setup on a sitcom, or even for a single-camera setup where matching different angles is essential. When shot correctly, a video production does not need color correction.
Many of our clients have inquired about DV/DVCPRO and Digital
S camcorders and whether they are good substitutes for Betacam
SP and digital Betacam camcorders. We've looked at and processed
several projects that have used DV-type cameras, and there is
a consensus that DV is indeed superior to Hi8 and SVHS. However,
as far as replacing a $70,000 digital Betacam with a $4,000 DV,
we have not seen any DV video that can consistently challenge
even Betacam SP in the areas of dynamic range, resolution or
color stability. If budget is a concern, we strongly suggest
that for an important video project, you weigh the benefits of
buying a DV versus renting a top-of-the-line digital Betacam
for a few weeks. Will a better DV camera be out in the near future?
Who knows if a particular DV (or any other format) will be around
in a few more years? Perhaps it would be best to lease the latest
broadcast cameras rather than purchase something that may be
obsolete in the near future.
ROSEANNE, THE NANNY & COSBY CAST FILMLOOK
HOLLYWOOD - Carsey-Werner Company has used FILMLOOK to process segments of the "Roseanne" season opener, as well as segments of "Cosby," this Fall season.
The episode of "Roseanne" features
parodies of such classic film sitcoms as "That Girl,"
"I Dream of Jeannie" and "The Mary Tyler Moore
Show." "Cosby" will also be using FILMLOOK for
segments that require the look of film. CBS's "The Nanny,"
which has used FILMLOOK extensively in the past, and recently
used it to process segments for the season premiere, which featured
"Seinfeld's" Jason Alexander.
FILMLOOK'S STORY OF GUILT
- FILMLOOK will "co-star" with movie and television
personality George Hamilton in "The Guilt," a limited-run
nighttime soap opera for Televisa, Mexico's media giant. "The
Guilt" is the fourth English language telenovela series
to be processed by FILMLOOK for the international market.
THE GREAT WAR ON FILMLOOK
- PBS station KCET has finished post-production on the eight-part
documentary, "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th
Century." The series features rare WWI combat and archival
film, as well as interviews with historians from around the world
that were shot on video and processed by FILMLOOK. "The
Great War" will air this Fall on PBS stations nationwide.
PBS TAKES FILMLOOK BACK TO SCHOOL
September 13, The Saint Hayden Company and PBS aired the compelling
and controversial special "Children in America's Schools."
The video documentary examines a shocking difference in the quality
of education between two neighboring communities in Ohio. "Children
in America's Schools" was processed by FILMLOOK to give
its video footage a consistent film texture throughout.
MONSTERVISION INVADED BY FILMLOOK
- TNT is using FILMLOOK to process wraparound segments for "Monstervision,"
its Friday Night Horror Flick Festival. The cult movie favorites
are introduced by celebrated critic Joe Bob "The Drive-in
Will Never Die" Briggs in a series of FILMLOOK-enhanced
MASTERS ON FILMLOOK
KANSAS CITY - Pamplin Entertainment and Take 2 Productions have used the FILMLOOK process on "Mickey Masters," an action series for children, which focuses on the adventures of an adolescent secret agent who fights crime and solves mysteries. "Mickey Masters" is available in Christian bookstores nationwide.
BLUES TRAVELER SIGNS WITH FILMLOOK
promote the motion picture "Kingpin," Original Films
turned to FILMLOOK to process segments of the latest Blues Traveler
video "But Anyway" for A&M Records. The music video
incorporates film clips from "Kingpin" with video from
Blues Traveler performing. The video selects were taken to FILMLOOK
for processing before being incorporated seamlessly back into
the edited master.
MULTIPLICITY GANGS UP ON FILMLOOK
- The Berkeley Group has produced a special for HBO, "The
Making of Multiplicity," which features interviews with
stars Michael Keaton and Andie McDowell, along with behind-the-scenes
video footage. As in the past, The Berkeley Group called on FILMLOOK
to process a promotional video for a major motion picture. "The
Making of Multiplicity" debuted this June on HBO.
FILMLOOK CAPTURES THE UNIBOMBER
LOS ANGELES - Peter Brennan Productions has just finished the docudrama "The Story First: Behind the Unibomber," a profile of bombing suspect Ted Kaczynski told from the perspective of his family and a lone private investigator
According to producers, video was used instead
of film for economy and flexibility, and FILMLOOK was called
on for advice on achieving the best possible look during each
step of the production. "The Story First" is the pilot
for a possible series of specials to air monthly on Lifetime
FILMLOOK ACES CABLE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Three FILMLOOK projects have been nominated for CableAce Awards this year: "Rebels with a Cause," produced by Joe Levine for HBO, "Journey of the African-American Athlete," produced by Leslie Farrell for HBO, and "The Revolutionary War," produced by Carol Fleisher and Real TV for The Learning Channel.
FILMLOOK congratulates and wishes the best
of luck to these deserving nominees.
FILMLOOK CONGRATULATES PAST AND PRESENT CLIENTS
"The New Red Green Show," returns for a fifth season on Canadian and American television.
"The John Larroquette Show" and Witt-Thomas Productions are back for a fourth season on NBC.
"Beakman's World," the wild and wacky children's science program, returns to CBS for a fourth straight year.
"WMAC Masters" is kicking its way to a second successful season.
"Crossroads Cafe," a new show from
Intelecom, premiered on PBS this Fall and will now be airing
several times a week.