Been there, done that...
For the record, it wasn't shot by Kubrick but by Jeff Blyth. Blyth recieved instructions from Kubrick in the UK over the phone, which weren't too specific apparently.
Very interesting. Thanks for posting that.
I think he's right. I'd add...
1. You'll likely want your backgrounds to be a bit – or a lot – out of focus anyhows,
2. Being able to see all the skin imperfections is really distracting. You don't study someone's face in that much detail in real life do you?
3. At higher resolutions it's more difficult to hide stuff, like shortcomings in the set.
5. The HUGE amount of data... (yeah, he already said that)
6. If you're talking about future-proofing, forget 4k and worry about REC2020. That really will make your current format obsolete.
7. All this tech-porn just gets in the way of getting the film made. Just do it.
Wouldn't it have been a lot easier to find a better location? Isn't that what it's all about - find an elegant answer without piling in tons of gear? He was struggling as it was and had to use 6K through his diffuser. And still he HAD to go ungel-ed as he didn't have enough light! That wasn't a stylistic decision.
Didn't he watch the NDs video? LOL.
He's also talks about some 'standard circuits'. Hmm. He should have counseled caution about tapping 8kW off the local supply. You really do need to spread a load like that over several separate circuits - which is NOT the same as separate wall plugs. Did they check what else might be drawing power there? Stuff like that matters (you can cause a fire) and shouldn't have been glossed over.
five lights - total 6k
Hold on - there's other factors at play here. Jennifer Jones was Selznick's wife so keeping her on the screen may have had more to do with... keeping her on the screen!
It would seem the original film was pretty terrible, and it was common practice to cut bad films down and make them a 'B' release - this came out at 63 minutes. Also the exact timings of an edit would be down an editor. Selznick would not have chosen specific frames to cut on.
And of course had a Hollywood director shot this the camera style would have been entirely different with more shots - more close-ups for instance.
The video is interesting, but doesn't really present a fair comparison between the two 'styles'. I would caution against inferring too much.