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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:31 am    Post subject: ALOYSIUS VINCENT-V Reply with quote

ALOYSIUS VINCENT – V
Vincent’s stint in Venus pictures was full of ‘life’ and creativity, as the then times were fully spent working in Black and white films. The present generation may just not know how tricky it is to handle B&W film material. In colour films, colour takes care of itself if proper lighting is done; in B &W, all tones should be expressed in grey only by proper lighting, exposure and degree of film processing. So to say the photographer [still or movie] ought to keep in mind the opportunities of error especially in the processing laboratory. In still photography, perfectionists would process their films themselves. But in cine industry stretches [100 s of meters] of film have to be put through automated processing machines which handle material under defined temperature, pH and the extent of ‘agitation, by bubbling inert gas. The resultant image is expressed to reach a certain ‘Gamma’ value.

In plain terms, ‘Gamma’ is the relation in brightness between the scene seen by the eye and the scene registered by the camera. THE MOST THEORETICAL VALUE OF Gamma can be = 1. It can never be achieved since the discerning abilities of the human eyes are far superior to that of the best camera. Thus, the achievable gamma would be less than 1. Why all this ‘gamma head ache here? It is just to consider A. Vincent’s insight to achieving a result. After executing his lighting/ shooting session, he used to alert the laboratory chief to develop his film to get Gamma= 0.66 – 0. 68. [He thus ensured that every step of ‘image reproduction’ has been scientifically protected, leaving very little to chance. This piece of information, I read from Vincent’s nostalgia some 4 months ago].

In that era of no training institutes in South, he had personally updated his information from libraries in Madras [Chennai was Madras then.]
No wonder Vincent was the I favourite of Sridhar in churning out a number of classics between early 1955 onwards and in the banner of CHITRALAYA which made a mark in quality movie-making. Undoubtedly, Chitralaya managed to sustain technical excellence in every sphere of movie production including the domain of refined dialogue which progressively got simplified to ‘more natural’ dialects of decency. The formulation of Chitralaya and contributions of Vincent as a cinematographer deserve AT LEAST A brief and critical survey for his fineness in the art.
More to follow.
K.Raman Madurai.
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