Does anyone know which DV Camera the British Sitcom "Spaced" is filmed with? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Open DV Discussion
For topics which don't fit into any of the other categories.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old December 16th, 2003, 03:33 AM   #1
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Croydon, SE ENGLAND
Posts: 30
Does anyone know which DV Camera the British Sitcom "Spaced" is filmed with?

I know that it is filmed on DV (At least this is what the www.imdb.com would lead us to believe!). I also know they use a 1-camera setup (Straight from the Director's mouth).

Anyone who HAS seen this show will know that it is packed full of movie references and has a very cinematic (if surreal) look for a Sitcom.

I was wondering what type of camera they used, as they have managed to pull off a LOT of unique camerawork rigging and lighting setups and focus-pulls that look GREAT (if not always film-like) with whatever camera they were using!!!

If anyone knows, please tell!!! I can't find anything else on the subject (which I find surprising!)

Cheers,

Luke
__________________
Luke Toyer

Off The Wall Studios
http://www.offthewallstudios.co.uk
E-mail: luke@offthewallstudios.co.uk
Luke Toyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2003, 09:11 AM   #2
RED Code Chef
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Holland
Posts: 12,514
I did a Google search and couldn't find anything. Anyone know?
__________________

Rob Lohman, visuar@iname.com
DV Info Wrangler & RED Code Chef

Join the DV Challenge | Lady X

Search DVinfo.net for quick answers | Buy from the best: DVinfo.net sponsors
Rob Lohman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 8th, 2004, 04:02 AM   #3
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Croydon, SE ENGLAND
Posts: 30
Since posting this question, I have actually contacted the production team themselves. They were kind enough to provide me with this detailed and informative reply:

"Spaced is filmed on a format called Digi-Beta. This is exactly what it says on the tin, Digital Betamax. It's a standard format for most single camera and multi camera (studio based) TV. The film affect comes later in what's called the 'online edit'. With Spaced, the offline edited footage is processed through an online editing system called Smoke 2 (we were the first show to use this). Smoke takes care of all the effects (Tim's tidy room, the fireworks at the beginning of S2E1 etc) as well as captions, colour grading and film effects. The digi-beta is compressed to give it a filmic quality and thus characterize the show's aesthetic. It's very odd to watch the show before it is compressed. It looks weird and cheap. "

I think that pretty much clears it all up!!

Cheers,

Luke
__________________
Luke Toyer

Off The Wall Studios
http://www.offthewallstudios.co.uk
E-mail: luke@offthewallstudios.co.uk
Luke Toyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 8th, 2004, 06:28 AM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 730
Isn't smoke available for Mac and Pc?

Zac
Zac Stein is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 8th, 2004, 07:21 AM   #5
Warden
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 8,267
I don't remember about the older versions, (I don't think Smoke ever ran on Mac or PC) but the recently announced Smoke 6 runs on SGI IRIX only, if in HD, and SD will run on IRIX and Linux. Discreet's site is here.
__________________
Jeff Donald
Carpe Diem




Search DVinfo.net for quick answers | Where to Buy? From the best in the business: DVinfo.net sponsors
Jeff Donald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 8th, 2004, 08:09 AM   #6
RED Code Chef
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Holland
Posts: 12,514
Saw some amazing demos from Discreet at last years IBC. Great
stuff with smoke, inferno and other applications.

The funny thing he mentions is that it looked cheap (especially
that) *before* they compressed (probably an S type levels
curve) and color corrected it. Gives me high hopes for DV!

So in the end it wasn't shot on DV at all... Digibeta has a larger
colo(u)r space than DV.

Thanks for the followup and investigation, Luke!
__________________

Rob Lohman, visuar@iname.com
DV Info Wrangler & RED Code Chef

Join the DV Challenge | Lady X

Search DVinfo.net for quick answers | Buy from the best: DVinfo.net sponsors
Rob Lohman is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:07 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network