戛纳电影节是一个吸引来自世界各地的电影制作人、演员和摄影师的活动。 备受瞩目的媒体盛会规模仅次于奥运会。 对这个节日并不陌生的人是摄影总监理查德·布兰沙德（Richard Blanshard）。 他在戛纳担任美国和英国电影业的官方摄影师已有20年，最近，他带着一个新的挑战重新访问了戛纳电影节 – 制作一部关于电影节的纪录片。 为了应对电影节拍摄的独特照明挑战，他求助于Litepanel强大的 双子座1×1 Hard。
“戛纳未剪辑”的想法来自布兰沙德在电影节上的经历，以及制片人和公关顾问科林·伯罗斯、评论家马克·亚当斯和摄影师/导演克里斯·皮卡德的经历。 他们注意到从来没有人制作过关于电影节的纪录片，并觉得是时候展示幕后发生的事情了。 为了庆祝电影节成立75周年，他们着手根据他们多年的经验为观众创造动态和身临其境的体验。
Movies, Moguls and Money
The documentary film celebrates the extravagance, red carpets, movies, chaos, stunts, transactions, festivities and public figures that allow the show business to take hold for fourteen days every year on the French Riviera. It provides a thrilling and fast-paced journey through the festival’s history and potential future. Interviewees include festival chief, Thierry Frémaux; Cannes regulars Tilda Swinton, Juliette Binoche and Léa Seydoux; filmmakers such as Oliver Stone, Lynne Ramsay, Mike Leigh, Quentin Tarantino, Sean Baker, Ken Loach and Wim Wenders; and a cast and crew including producers, journalists, photographers, executives, festival programmers, fashion designers, party organisers and hotel managers.
戛纳是一个紧张的工作场所，充满了故事和个性，就像它放映的电影一样令人发指和惊心动魄。 拍摄人物是对耐力和意志的考验。 即使作为一名官方摄影师，理查德也必须努力在短时间内获得他需要的时刻。 “这总是一个奔跑和枪支的情况，”他说。 “在有限的时间内与艺术家一起捕捉最好的镜头，并确保他们感到放松。 最大的挑战之一是，虽然戛纳电影节拥有大量的自然光，但它似乎总是在错误的地方。 因此，理查德需要一种能够平衡强背光和快速背光的解决方案。 摄影师习惯于使用闪光灯在自然光下拍摄以提供填充。 但拍摄完全是另一个挑战。 进入精简版强大的双子座1×1困难。
Brighter than the Hollywood Stars
With an output of over 3000 lux, the Gemini Hard casts an intense beam of white or richly saturated color further than any other 1×1 LED panel. More powerful than a 200W HMI. Its ultralight and domed diffusers soften the output while still delivering outstanding brightness.
The Gemini 1×1 Hard provided him with the punch he needed to balance the foreground and background quickly. At just 13.2lbs (6kg), he could set the compact and lightweight fixture up and be ready to go in minutes. This was crucial as he did not have the luxury of setup time tight and hectic schedules of his subjects across the sprawling festival site.
Blanshard was impressed with the versatility of the Gemini Hard light. He used it not only to balance the natural light but also to warm up faces and get great flesh tones. With CRI and TLCI ratings of 98, Gemini 1×1 Hard delivers consistently accurate white light at any CCT from 2,700K – 10,000K. This means that anything in the scene, from close-up candlelight to brilliant sunlight, appears true to life and the skin tones of on-screen talent are rendered perfectly.
Richard appreciated how close he could bring the light to the subject without making them feel claustrophobic. With precision intensity control from 100 to 0.1%, he could bring the levels down low and still get fantastic results.
“使用双子座硬灯作为法国南部强大光线的主光的好处是感觉很自然。 这就是我们都想要的 - 感觉自然而不是明亮的图像。”Richard BlanshardDirector & DoP
Natural Born Fillers
Richard faced up the unique challenges of Cannes when he was tasked with filming an interview with legendary Director Oliver Stone. With just a precious few moments of Stone’s time to capture the interview, he created the lighting set up minutes before he arrived. The plan was to light Stone directly with the Gemini panel. “I like direct light as it creates definition,” says Richard. However, when Stone arrived, he revealed his dislike of direct light and asked Richard to bounce it instead. “I was concerned about this because the ceiling was 20 feet high,” he says.
“我将灯板向上倾斜到天花板上，多亏了双子座的力量，光线非常完美。”Richard BlanshardDirector & DoP
Flesh tones are important, and Richard believes it is always best to get it right ‘in camera’. He uses the fine CCT and HSI controls on the Gemini Hard to enhance and to warm up the flesh tones. The Gemini Hard offers quick responses in terms of fine adjustments.
In the ten days he was in Cannes, Richard walked 82 miles with equipment, showing the physical demands of shooting in a fast-paced environment. The Gemini Hard allowed him to be flexible and quickly adapt to new locations and lighting situations. The ability to dim the light to a low level without overpowering his subject made it the perfect fixture, even in confined spaces.
Out of the Can
” Cannes Uncut celebrates the great films and the wild parties; the spectacular promotional stunts and the iconic talents; the glorious successes and the infamous failures,” says the film’s PR announcement. “This is the documentary that dares to detail all the glamour, red carpets, craziness, deals, parties, movies, and personalities that saw the business of show business implant itself at the Cannes Film Festival. It offers an exciting high-adrenaline, roller-coaster experience of what has played out over the years.”
Cannes Uncut received its market premiere at the Cannes Film festival in May 2023 and its world premiere a few weeks later at the Sydney Film Festival.