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Re: an exposure question.
)))) The DP says
that underexposed B&W actually has less grain, unlike underexposed color
film. Any idea what I'm going to end up with if he underexposes by one stop?
Should he shoot a higher ASA color stock and take it to B&W in telecine?(((
B&W stock responds just the opposite of color neg (leaving the weirdness of
'87 out of the equation) -- overexposure brings on grain. Really, strangely,
the best thing is to expose it correctly. However, since B&W processes vary
a LOT compared to color, in both gamma and speed, it is worth shooting some
tests to determine optimal EI. Remember Double X is rated at 160 tungsten.
And that some labs do really sloppy B&W work.
Some very respected DPs (like Larry Fong) say that all of the B&W stuff they
are known for is usually shot on color stock and de-chromafied (my own
word...) in telecine. This gives you a different look than B&W neg, in my
opinion, but it can be a nice look. I prefer the somewhat more aggressive
grain of B&W neg.
Jeff "Back to Monochrome" Kreines