Cinematography of “Road To Perdition” – recreating a Hollywood scene

Today, we’re recreating a scene from “Road To Perdition“.

Rather than looking for a suitable location (like in our “The Matrix: Retired” video), we shot the scene in our house and used visual effects.

So, if you want to learn more about visual effects, this video is a good opportunity.

I cover all the elements that went into replicating this scene, including the lighting and color grading of the film.

I shot the scene on the URSA Mini 4.6K, in compressed RAW 4:1. By using footage with a high bitrate, it was much easier to key out the green screen.

Also, I used DaVinci Resolve to convert the RAW files to the DNxHR codec, before using them in Adobe Premiere and After Effects – the Adobe CC applications run much better with such a codec.

Another camera that is ideal for this type of a project is the new Panasonic GH5, because it outputs 4K 10bit 4:2:2.

Don’t worry, though, if you have an average DSLR/DSLM camera. You can still get footage that is good enough for this type of post-production work. You will just have to spend more time on the visual effects, and/or the edges in the green screen shots will not be as clean.

Here are my reviews of these two cameras:
URSA Mini 4.6K review
Panasonic GH5 review

Here is a post about the green screen I used, including how to fold this darn thing.

One thought on “Cinematography of “Road To Perdition” – recreating a Hollywood scene”

  1. Please i love your work so greatly I need gh4
    From you even a second hand till me the price am also a film marker trying to get the right equipment.

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