Replicating the anamorphic look

Use VashiMorphic40 (it’s free and can be found here : http://vashivisuals.com/vashimorphic40-free-anamorphic-effects-project/

An anamorphic look looks like this :

Here are the shooting recommandations from the creator of this free plug-in for After Effects :

  1. VASHIMORPHIC is by default 1920×1080 / 23.976 FPS / 16:9 aspect ratio.

  2. Use a full frame camera with a 28mm or 35mm lens. APS-C camera use a 20mm or 24mm. BMCC use a 10mm or 12mm.

  3. Capture your footage in 16:9 format and frame for 2.35 during the shoot.

  4. Import your footage into the “Your Footage” layer of After Effects.

  5. Adjust CI Vignette settings to taste.

  6. Default setting is 10% Opacity and 200 pixel feather.

  7. Adjust Corner Blur to taste. Default is 3 pixels with repeat edges on.

  8. Render out footage to the codec of your choice.

Source : http://nofilmschool.com/2013/11/replicate-anamorphic-look-with-free-after-effects-plugin/

DSLR Setup for filmmaking

Color Space : Adobe RGB.

Never Auto White Balance.  Always go straight to Kelvin, and dial it in from there.

Highlight Alert – disable that.

Auto Power Off –  8 minutes.

LCD Brightness.  Have it either around 4 or 5.  The LCD screen is not milky at 4 and 5.  It gives you the best contrast and dynamic range that you can see that you’re camera’s actually capturing.

Sensor cleaning, Always set to Auto, so Enable.  Every time you turn on the camera or turn it off, it cleans the sensor automatically.

Movie Recording Size  : 1920×1080 24p.

With Canon lenses, Exposure levels are set to a third of a stop increment.  With Canon glass and on the Zeiss ZE glass, you can use the back wheel to scroll.  With video, you definitely want to be in third stop increments.  A third of a stop, that difference between a half and a third, is sometimes you being able to hold that cloud in the sky and the detail in the shadow areas.

Image highlight tone priority : Off.

Auto Lighting Optimizer : Off.

Shutter speed : at least 50.

High ISO Speed Noise Reduction :  Always set it to disable.

ISO.  You want to be either on 160, 320, 640, 1250, or 1600.  Don’t go above 1600.  Shooting in those increments of 160 will give you the least amount of noise.

All of these tips come from this site : http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2012/07/hdslr-educational-series-for-cinema-episode-1-know-your-camera/