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Old June 9 2013, 08:51 AM   #38
ZapBrannigan
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Re: Whom Gods Destroy---It's a Bargain!

Therin of Andor wrote: View Post
Actually there was some discussion of Barbara Babcock's closeups and the old Vaseline-on-the-lens trick - the women of TOS often were shot in very soft focus - but that sounded a bit... naughty.

To be more technically accurate, I learned once (from Metryq in fact) that women's close-ups on Star Trek were not really done in "soft focus." The camera was focused sharply but a diffusion filter was put in front of the lens:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion_filter

Director of Photography Jerry Finnerman would go on to use exactly the same technique for Cybill Shepherd on Moonlighting in the 1980s.
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