Saturday, June 28, 2008

Speaking of The Police

There are many fans of the video "Every Breathe You Take".
Another video that is even more amazing at least in terms of its technical achievements is "Wrapped Around Your Finger".

Here is an article that explains how this was accomplished:
"We were shooting in 16mm principally because we had earlier done "Every Breath You Take" and even though there was some prep for "Synchronicity" in the $60,000 cost, the entire music video industry was scandalized that they had spent so much, and not even gotten color. So a big part of the mission was to make "Wrapped" for as little as possible. The state of fast films was far from what it is today, so I decided to shoot the 100 ASA negative, and the need to shoot at 50 fps doubled the amount of light required. There was some additional lighting hung overhead. A few SBIF (silver bulb inside frost) coops if I remember correctly, but only just enough to get me to exposure wide open on the Æ’ stop. What I wouldn't do to be able to shoot that video again today with our current film technology and lighting advances."

(A critical property of a stock is its film speed, determined by ASA or its sensitivity to light listed by a measurement on the raw stock. Just as film speed is used in still photography, the same is true in motion pictures. Speed determines the range of lighting conditions under which the film can be shot, and is related to granularity and contrast, which influence the look of the image. The stock manufacturer will usually give an exposure index (EI) number equal to the ASA which they recommend exposing for. Television cameras shoot at 30 fps while motion picture cameras such as Arri typically shoot on 35mm at 24 fps. So, the general rule of thumb is the wider the apeture and the higher the film speed is, the less light that is needed.)

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