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Posted
7 November 2008 @ 11am

Cinematography and Michael Clayton

The cinematography of this movie so far is excellent: great shots, lighting, et cetera.

One thing, though, is driving me to drink: most scenes were shot with an anamorphic lens, which, between the lens and later conversion processes, leads to an oval-shaped bokeh for out of focus light sources. I found this out on a forum post discussing the cinematography of the movie.

Michael Clayton.avi


Michael Clayton.avi

After growing used to round, or even geometrically-shaped bokeh (straight-bladed shutters like some camera lenses mean hexagonal or heptagonal aperture shapes), this is driving me a bit mad.

However, it does look neat with closely grouped light sources, because they all blend together and give a great background light texture:

Michael Clayton.avi

1 Comment

Posted by
Steven Fisher
7 November 2008 @ 11am

The story of Michael Clayton completely failed to grab my attention on any level. Weird. The only other movie in recent level to do the same was War Inc, and at least that had a great scene of Joan Cusack completely losing it. (Always entertaining!)