Thanks to everyone for your support and kind words!
Before I definately leave off to the beach, here some answers for you:
What er-no said.
We used three sorts of lights, 150W, 500W and 1000W lights. We usually tried to have a 3 point setup of floodlight, mainlight and outline light. And the rest was used to lighten or darken certain areas.
We used colored filters on the lights to give them certain colors, warmth or coldness we wanted.
We shot using the Sony HDR-FX1 in normal 50i mode and captured at full 1920x1080 resolution. We did try the implemented 25p Cinemathingy, but it just plain sucks. We got 10 times better results with filming interlaced and then deinterlace in post. We used manual focus and manual white balance for the whole shoot, watched what the camera sees over a small 12'' external monitor.
We tried using an external Sony mike, but due to the quick shooting schedule and huge problems on set (airplanes, cars, wind, hall - pretty much everything you can think of that makes a sound recording a nightmare) we decided to leave sound for postproduction.
In post, we'll add every single bit of noise seperately and all actors will be coming back for voice recording and dubbing. So at the moment, we have image only with rough internal camera sound for reference. The rest will have to be added in post.
Grading is, as tarn has correctly pointed out, not finished. The pictures HAVE been worked on mostly, only to a very small degree yet though. The steps each frame will go through is the following:
- color desaturation
- change of contrast
- new color theme
- soft focus glow effect
- artificial lighting and darkening of certain areas of the frame
- artificial depth of field here and there
And of course, there's loads of rotoscoping work to be done, changing backgrounds, adding something here, taking something away there. But that's all to be done yet.
We want to tweak every shot as good as we can, so we have a film with the highest optical standard we can pull off.
Hope that helps.