November 13, 2014 at 3:47AM


Art vs Reality.

I know that the trend in DSLR video production is toward the cinema/film look. But I was recently involved in shooting b-roll for a proposed reality show sizzle. My camera settings were the typical low contrast, low sharpness, low saturation get that "film look". What I didn't know, was that there were no plans to grade the final product. So all my footage that was used was very flat in comparison to the rest of the presentation, which was shot on Sony ENG cam's. So what I am thinking, is that there are plenty of situations that require sharp, high saturation, medium contrast settings.......comments?


You have to find out from the producers or their DOP what their post-production workflow is. For quick turn-around some productions edit the footage straight from the camera, so you have to try and match the look of their other cameras so your work will fit in.

Once I was hired to shoot a live-event only because my ENG camera ( Panasonic HMC150 ) matched what the other two shooters were using. ( also HMC150 cameras ) Having everything shot with the same camera made workflow very easy for their editor.

November 13, 2014 at 10:05AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Agreed - I'm sure the ones signing the checkbooks don't have this lens with which to address tech issues. In our line of work, I'm finding more and more my job is to principally extract the client's vision and ask them the right questions, because they don't know what the right questions are, right down to grading.

Jake the film guy Keenum

November 14, 2014 at 8:16AM

Without no grade, the looks is not the same..,..

November 14, 2014 at 1:07AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

How could nobody tell you this? Seems very strange...

At that they put it out there without grading? WHAT?!

November 14, 2014 at 3:09AM

Viktor Ragnemar

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