I look forward to soon start color grading my last feature, ” A Thousand Times Goodnight” , starring Juliette Binochet.
Some few days before Christmas, we did the last set up, a 1000fps explosion in Ouarzazate in Morocco. That ended the shoot of A Thousand Times Good Night, filming in Kabul, Ireland, Kenya and Morocco.
It has been an amazing journey.
It is no secret that I have become a big fan of both Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster Waldau. They did a wonderful performance with this great story about a war photographer.
We decided to shot as much as possible of the film with natural daylight – both XT and INT. It is a good theory – but when y have experienced the short winter days and the strong wind in Ireland – and in Ouarzazate – the practical part of it could have been disaster.
But my gaffer Callin Catalin made it possible.
We used a lot of mirrors, bounce cards and bigger 12 and 20´´frames with negative and diiffusion to control the light.
It seems to have turned out very nice. The quality of color is of cause amazing – the real thing – the sun…
I must admit – It was scary to try – but when it turned out well, hopefully it will give something visually interseting back to the project.
We mixed this idea of natural daylight source with a new tube light from Softlights
Before we started the show, I asked Henrik at Softlights.com to help me create a light source that could give me a big soft source as soft as a book let light. But it had to be lightweight, no more than 6-7 kg, have high quality daylight and tungsten light.
They made it – and it became my most used artificial light source on this show. …And Juliette allowed us to call the light for SoftBx Juliette !
We used the old Canon K35 lenses from Volker at Vast Valley rental company for most of our Close ups of Juliette. They have a superb fall of quality in the focus – and they helps the Alexa picture to be less “aggressive” and “digital”. Hand held , f stop 1.3 is a nightmare for a normal focus puller. But Daniel – my focus puller is unfortunately not normal in that sense.. He have done the impossible possible.
Encrypted Dailies ditsributed trough Dropbox down to my I Pad have been a dream for many years .
For dailies, we used a beta version of Dailies Creator and Dailies Viewer from Drylab.
It was great to have the complete movie always available on my IPad. I bought an Apple TV box for my apartment in Dublin that made it possible to stream wire less directly from Dailies Viewer on my Ipad to my projector …very nice. Dailies Creator and Dailies Viewer is now available trough www.drylab.no and apple app.store. https://itunes.apple.com/app/dailies-viewer/id589828447?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
C 300 in Kabul
I big thank you to Canon Norway for let us use, free of charge, the C300 for all “documentary” stuff we shot in Kabul and in Kenya. I needed a small camera that did not attract to much attention. The C300 have build in ND filters, recorder and batteries. I used it with standard Canon EF lenses, no focus control, no cables, no extra boxes. It seems to blend very well with the Alexa stuff.
This picture show the camera in use in Dublin – where we actually used it with follow focus … We used it inside a small car – to be able to do some hand held moving shots in a very tight space.
This is a memory from my friends that protected our hotel in Kabul
In Kabul- the breakfast was simple…
Screen shot from one of the very first shots in the movie…
On set in Dublin. Erik Poppe left, me right.