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Babe Ruth at Sing Sing
Television

Babe Ruth at Sing Sing

This hour-long documentary weaves back and forth between the careers of Babe Ruth, the major sports figure of his day, and Sing Sing Warden Lewis E. Lawes, “America’s Warden.” The two figures meet in person when Lawes invites Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees to play an exhibition game against the Sing Sing inmates on September 5, 1929.

Director of Photography: Geoffrey William Duncanson

Production and Technical information

Lens/Camera Information
Lens series: MiniS4/i
Focus length: 50mm
Original Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Cameras: Sony PXW-FS7 Mk II, Schneider-Kreuznach Classic Soft 1/8, Revar Cine RotaPola
Format: Digital
Rental Company: Adorama Rentals https://www.adoramarentals.com

DOP Information
Director of Photography: Geoffrey William Duncanson
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gw_duncanson/
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/gwduncanson

Production Information
Production: Babe Ruth at Sing Sing
Producer/Director: Jim Ormond
IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9803908/

DOP  Geoffrey William Duncanson on his camera and lens choices
“Every single shot in the historical reenactment scenes in this documentary was shot with the Cooke 50mm miniS4/i wide open with a Schneider-Kreuznach  Classic Soft 1/8 in the matte box. In the this baseball game scene, a Revar Cine RotaPola was implemented as well to get the sky to appear deep blue. I choose this lens, to shoot it open, and to further diffuse it in order achieve a uniform look that fell somewhere between modern and classic film noir. I paired it with a Sony camera for its electronic variable ND filter allowing fine exposure control with the constant aperture. The director was pleased with the resulting look and feel as it matched his vision and the talent was pleased with how good they looked. ”

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