October 20, 2013

Stills from Films. A possible light diagram of a scene from Django Unchained

Cinematography: Robert Richardson
Camera: Panavision Panaflex Milennium XL2
Lens: Panavision Primo, E  Series, ATZ and AWZ2
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Format: 35mm
Film Stock: Kodak Vision 5213 200T, 5219 500T, Ektachrome 5285 100D

Robert's Richardson's cinematography in Django Unchained is very much his style: theatrical and unjustified use of light, sometimes harsh and producing blown highlights.  Like the screen shot above. The Key Light, probably an HMI, is placed above on the right and tilted down, it's quite hard,
producing deep shadows on the two characters and blowing the right shoulder, neck and hand of the character on the right. It clearly imitates the sun light exaggerating it. As we can see from the shadows of the small stool and the objects hanging from the wall on the right side of the frame, two soft Fill Lights were used, both placed on the left, pointing down to light Jamie Foxx and the other one low, pointing up at Walton Goggins' face.

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