Magazine article American Cinematographer

"Enter Sandman" Director Uses Unilux

Magazine article American Cinematographer

"Enter Sandman" Director Uses Unilux

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"Cutting edge visuals that are spectacular for music videos" is how Martin Coppen, director of photography on the hit music video "Enter Sandman," describes the images he creates with Unilux strobes. In "Sandman" for the heavy metal group Metallica, Coppen mounted the camera with zoom lens and two strobes on a dolly, which was set up to do a 360-degree tracking shot of the band as it played.

The Unilux strobes captured close-up shots of faces, hands and bodies bending to the ecstasy of the music. One segment featured a hand stroking a guitar shot in total darkness with Unilux as the only light source. The lights were synchronized to flash every third frame, which provided two unexposed frames and a "black" light look. "It was very dramatic," Coppen says.

Using Unilux's special effects generator, Coppen was able to vary the look by setting the strobes to flash at a variety of rates - every third, fourth or fifth frame for example. "Unilux gives flat objects like a guitar or a drum a three-dimensional effect that is so powerful. I love to work with Unilux because it stretches my creative imagination," Coppen adds. …

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