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Gary Baum Selects Schneider For Mike And Molly

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Multi-Emmy Award nominated cinematographer Gary Baum has revealed he used Schneider Optics Classic Soft® 1/8 and ¼ filters on an Emmy-nominated episode of US sitcom Mike and Molly.
For the episode 'Molly's Birthday', Mr Baum said he faced two nighttime street scenes.
"There was snow, fire, and steam, 80 feet of dolly track, a blue screen and four cameras," he recalls.
"With all of the production expense and time, everything, including special effects, had to be coordinated and planned down to each camera angle.
"I had to fine tune the filtration to achieve a uniform look for the cameras, without imparting any artifacts that could potentially contaminate the blue screen and falling snow. I was able to achieve this by using slightly different grades of filtration at different focal lengths."
Mr Baum continued: "It's the Schneider quality control that gives me confidence. The water white glass doesn't impart artifacts, nor any additional colour. The overall effect is subtle, while not blossoming the highlights or stepping on the contrast. The incremental strengths that the filters offer allowed me to do the tuning necessary to match the four cameras."
This is Gary Baum's fourth Emmy nomination. He was nominated for Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls in 2012, and for Gary Unmarried in 2010. He is currently shooting Mike & Molly, which airs on CBS and has just finished TV Land's Hot In Cleveland.
He will be using his Schneider filters on two other shows this season, Sullivan & Son on TBS, and The Millers, for CBS in the fall.

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