Light Meters Vs. LUTs – with William Wages, ASC – ON THE GO – Episode 82

In this episode of cinema5D ON THE GO, we talk to cinematographer William Wages ASC about shooting on film vs. digital, light meters, and the Panasonic Lumix line!

 William Wages

William Wages, ASC

For cinematographer William Wages ASC, the main reason for shooting on film has been relegated to getting a certain aesthetic effects, such as achieving a Super 8mm look. In terms of capabilities and image quality, modern cameras far outperform the capabilities of film, which in turn has allowed for the development of a new visual and technical cinematic language. He gives us a few examples of his work in which these advantages have come in handy.

Mr. Wages also tells us about how he uses the Panasonic Lumix line of mirrorless cameras, such as the GH4 or GH5, as viewing devices during location scouts and on set. Rather than using a director’s viewfinder, the portability of these cameras – in addition to their V-Log capabilities and high ISO – allow for a quick visualisation of what the end result could be when planning to shoot with a Panasonic Varicam LT. Of course, the dynamic range may not be the same as the LT, but they certainly have a place in his arsenal for shooting high-end productions.

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Matthew Hartman

Meh. Show me a seasoned cinematographer willing to challenge convention and use tools that are relegated as “unprofessional” within that level of the industry, then you have a real story of interest. What happened to rooting for the underdog? Using a GH4/5 as glorified viewfinder/previx is not an exciting use of the technology. Most external monitors could acheive the same purpose. Is a 7″ screen really that immobile? Shoot the film on the damn thing and cause a real shake up in the business. Tell your clients you’re shooting with the Alexa and then secretely shoot it on a mirrorless… Read more »

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