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LENS FLARES OF THE THIRD KIND

Loud and eclectic but not gratuitous, the flares in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS are an integral character in the film and are almost singlehandedly responsible for its unique visual design — a look that has since become standard sci-fi language. 

This video is an homage to the lens work of Zsigmond and Hall, and a study of the properties of their flares in the film, recreated here digitally using Knoll Light Factory

All 46 custom Knoll presets inspired by the film can be purchased here:

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KNOLL LIGHT FACTORY PRESETS

ORIGINAL FILM STILLS

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ORIGINAL TRAILER