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     Wednesday, August 02 2006 @ 04:15 AM EDT
    Interesting rumour posted at Scifi Pulse that there are problems on the Torchwood set - they claim the HD cameras the production is using aren't coping with the "dark & moody" look of the series and that lots of stuff has had to be junked and reshot with much brighter lighting set-ups...

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     Wednesday, August 02 2006 @ 04:53 AM EDT
    Having thought about it a bit, I'm going to comment on my own post!

    As a filmmaker myself, the thing I find a bit hard to accept about this rumour is how this problem could actually occur on a high-budget production.

    If it is being shot on HD rather than film, as the story states, then they'd have a monitor split on set that shows exactly what is being recorded (as opposed to when you're shooting on film, in which case the monitor is showing a technically separate feed from what's actually being recorded...). So if there are problems with the cameras themselves shooting in low light, that should have been obvious on-set at the time of shooting.

    If on the other hand they're saying it's a problem with colour-grading the footage they've shot, I can't believe they wouldn't have shot any camera tests during preproduction to try out the intended grading approach on footage shot in the intended lighting conditions - in which case, again, the problem should have been known before they started shooting the series proper and without requiring reshoots.

    So, all in all, I wonder if this rumour isn't exaggerating a smaller technical problem out of all proportions...

    Cheers
    L

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     Wednesday, August 02 2006 @ 04:53 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  lucas] Interesting rumour posted at Scifi Pulse that there are problems on the Torchwood set - they claim the HD cameras the production is using aren't coping with the "dark & moody" look of the series and that lots of stuff has had to be junked and reshot with much brighter lighting set-ups...

    Hi, the link is dead but I can see why. - this is what the link is pointing to - http://http//scifipulse.net/Dr_Who/Torchwood_HIDef.html. It's an easy mistake to make - I've done it before, when you click the URL button in the forum it adds the http:// so if you then copy and paste a link in on top of that you get the double http.

    I've fixed the link here!

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     Wednesday, August 02 2006 @ 04:58 AM EDT
    cheers, I've fixed the link in the initial post. Thanks for the heads-up (That's what happens when you're posting when you're supposed to be working...)

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     Wednesday, August 02 2006 @ 09:21 AM EDT
    there's also an article about this on the front page of cinescape.com.

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     Wednesday, August 02 2006 @ 12:41 PM EDT
    lucas - thanks for the post, and your view as a film maker.

    my initial reaction is that there seem to be many gremlins with this production, but as someone pointed out in an article awhile ago (I think it was RTD himself after they changed producers again), that all productions go through hickups before they get moving, its just that "fanboys" and sci-fi geeks such as ourselves hang on every bit of information out there and make problems get quickly out of scope.

    However, this one (if true) does seem a bit... amateurish. That may be mean to say, but as you pointed out, these things should have and would have been checked before shooting, or noticed during shooting. I wonder, if instead of it being true production problems if maybe they just decided on a new "look" for Torchwood and wanted something not so dark....

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     Wednesday, August 02 2006 @ 12:58 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  lucas]If it is being shot on HD rather than film, as the story states, then they'd have a monitor split on set that shows exactly what is being recorded (as opposed to when you're shooting on film, in which case the monitor is showing a technically separate feed from what's actually being recorded...). So if there are problems with the cameras themselves shooting in low light, that should have been obvious on-set at the time of shooting.


    It is very unlikely that Torchwood would ever have been shot on film. The choice here would have been between HD video or regular video graded to look like film (like the first two series of Doctor Who).

    Mike


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