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Old December 3rd, 2002, 02:15 AM   #1
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Hi folks. As you know, I don't own one of these XL1s, however, I have a basic filter question.

I want to make some old, run-down buildings look sad, dull perhaps, yet keep the color video sharp. I have to do a 15 to 20 minute presentation video about these run-down, unkept buildings (along with stills from my SLR). That's my question. It's just simple tripod mounted video shooting, but perhaps using a particular filter will magnify "the run-down look." (No, not the "film-look.") Thanks.

I was thinking on the lines of a color filter....
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Old December 3rd, 2002, 03:48 PM   #2
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Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but I did a similar project and used a Tiffen Sepia filter on the old buildings to give them sort of an "old west" look.

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Use an effects filter in post.....like scratches and lint on the film...really adds a seedy look to the images.
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Old December 3rd, 2002, 04:15 PM   #4
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Thanks, I'll check out some weak Sepia filters.
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Old December 5th, 2002, 10:12 PM   #5
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Frank...

Try shooting when the structures are cross-lighted to accentuate texture. I'm sure they're pretty weather beaten with peeling paint.

Then in post desaturate the images slightly. Drab colors add to the aged look.

I just spent a week in Oregon and where we were there were quite a few structures that were old and picturesque.

Good luck!
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