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she does so, she plays with his coat, which is hanging on a coat rack. Schiffman muted the whites of the scene. “I wanted to see the filaments in the bulbs around his mirror,” he says. A 2K keys Peppy, giving a direction to light, but the shadows are all but erased by fill. When Valentin enters the room, the wall behind him is graduated in grays by nets and flags, but a top cutter casts a sharp dark shadow above. “The central image of the film is one character falling while another rises,” says the director. This motif is literally illustrated in a scene shot in Los Angeles’ famous Bradbury Building, where Valentin encounters Peppy on the stairs. Schiffman keyed the scene with a 20K from the side to create a single, sharp shadow of Valentin on the wall behind him. A 4K HMI balloon above augments and then replaces the daylight coming through a skylight, and the toplight acts as a bright fill that suffuses Peppy as she calls out to Valentin from above. The scene ends with the onetime star fading into the crowd as he walks down the stairs. Hazanavicius also charted a visual journey for Valentin that went from contrast to gray and back. “When he and Peppy are shown at the peak of their careers, they’re very contrasty — he’s in a tuxedo at the beginning of the movie, and at the end, when she’s a big success, she’s in a white dress,” he says. “In between, [Valentin’s palette] is going toward the grays. That’s easy to say, but then you have to hold to it during 35 days of shooting. The strength of a collaborator like Guillaume is that he takes on the visual ideas and reinterprets them.” When Peppy visits Valentin in the hospital, the image is suffused in white light. “That’s Michel provoking me!” laughs Schiffman. “He made the entire set white, and I told him it would complicate the lighting. He looked at me, smiled and just said, ‘Yes.’” “It’s the [film’s] first happy ending,” responds the director, “so it needed to be very white, just like the breakfast sequence afterward, when

Top: Cast as an extra in Valentin’s new movie, Peppy sneaks into his dressing room and frolics with his suit. Bottom: Schiffman checks the light on Dujardin for a scene from one of Valentin’s hit films.

One distinctive aspect of The Artist’s monochrome palette is that the image sometimes has a reduced contrast, with muted whites and a rich gradation of mid-tones. “Black-andwhite without gray is too flashy,” Schiffman observes. “Although many
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filmmakers speak about black-andwhite, Michel kept talking to me about the gray tones, saying, ‘I want to go towards that.’” In an early scene, Peppy goes to Valentin’s empty dressing room to scribble her thanks on his mirror, and after
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American Cinematographer - December 2011
Contents
Editor’s Note
President's Desk
Short Takes: OK Go’s “Muppet Show Theme Song”
Production Slate: Melancholia • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Stepping into the Shadows
Through a Child’s Eyes
Silent Splendor
It’s Time to Raise the Curtain
Filmmakers’ Forum: David Stump, ASC
New Products & Services
International Marketplace
Classified Ads
Ad Index
2011 AC Index
In Memoriam: Andrew Laszlo, ASC
ASC Membership Roster
Clubhouse News
ASC Close-Up: Luciano Tovoli, ASC, AIC
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American Cinematographer - December 2011 - Editor’s Note
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American Cinematographer - December 2011 - President's Desk
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American Cinematographer - December 2011 - Short Takes: OK Go’s “Muppet Show Theme Song”
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