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Pushing Digital Toward Analog May 10, 2008

Posted by William J. Meyer in Jack's Post-Production.
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This past week I have been trimming scenes and doing a little bit of comp work including changing depth-of-field using gradient maps to drive lens blurs through luminance channels. Sexy, right?

I’ve also been tweaking the look of the movie-within-the-movie, as mentioned and previewed in this previous post. I’m seeking a balance between “messed up” and “attractive.” I think part of the problem is that I know the actors, so I’ll never believe their characters would be about eighty years old now. Another hurdle is the frame rate and this kind of magical “smearing” I really like from live TV back in the day.

Primarily I’m thinking of that look in the 483rd presentation of the Goodyear Playhouse, 1953’s Marty starring Rod Steiger and written by Paddy Chayefsky. I admit I’m going only on memory, as I haven’t seen it in about 12 years. But as I recall, it was something special.

-William, Director

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