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#1 Adam Paul

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 04:22 PM

With the advent of DI where you can pick very specific looks, I was wondering what are everybody?s top 10 favorite movie looks, including new and older films? I will start with my list, in no particular order (I know I said top 10, but oh well):

Once upon a time in America
Amelie
Munich
Dark City
Moulin Rouge
Underworld
Sky Captain and the world of tomorrow
Superman Returns
House of the flying daggers
Matrix
Minority Report
Collateral


Although they are mostly 35mm films, I thought I would post it here in the HD forum since most sophisticated looks are accomplished using DI. Along with that goes a question. Do you think those looks could have been done if shot in HD without noticeable degradation (in the case of heavily color corrected 35mm films like Underworld, Minority Report etc)?

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#2 Michael Maier

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 05:18 PM

Blade Runner
Amelie
The Crow
O brother Where Art Thou?
Seven
Batman Begins
Gladiator
Romasanta
Dick Tracy
Immortal

As far as I know, no problems on getting any look on HD.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 05:29 PM

Along with that goes a question. Do you think those looks could have been done if shot in HD without noticeable degradation (in the case of heavily color corrected 35mm films like Underworld, Minority Report etc)?


If you're asking if you can grade an HD image as heavily, it depends on what sort of HD you are talking about. Something shot in 4:4:4 HD with minimal compression, probably, although you won't have the same dynamic range to play with -- on the other hand, if the look you are going for involves tossing away a lot of that exposure information, it may not matter. Of course, there are other aspects of the film image that are unique to film no matter what the grade.

In terms of favorite looks, they are all my favorites if they work for the particular project. I'd love to make the right movie someday look like 1930's 3-strip Technicolor photography, but I also love the look of skip-bleach color negative. Just depends on the project. But I'm interested in recreating old looks that aren't easily replicated due to lost or non-cinema technology, like 3-strip or 2-color Technicolor, or Autochromes, Polaroids, etc.
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#4 Bernhard Zitz

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 07:50 PM

I was wondering what are everybody?s top 10 favorite movie looks, including new and older films?


The b/w intro in tarkovskys "stalker", especially the shots in the bar and in the sleeping-room, maybe the best black and white I know...I still wonder how they did this...

"Tears of the black tiger" tries to simulate old technicolor, it has very candy-like color-tones, ultra-artificial studio-shots etc...this movie is a real jewel, maybe one of the best movies I've seen the last 5 years...

hmm, hard to fill that top10...
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#5 Adam Paul

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 04:20 AM

82 views and only three replies? C?mon guys, let?s hear some opinions. I'm sure you have your favorite movie looks. :-)

Thanks for all the replies so far by the way.
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#6 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 11:45 PM

82 views and only three replies? C?mon guys, let?s hear some opinions. I'm sure you have your favorite movie looks. :-)

Thanks for all the replies so far by the way.


In the opposite direction, with little correction I suspect, the use of natural light in "Local Hero".
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#7 freddie bonfanti

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 05:05 AM

buffalo ´66, delicatessen, se7en...
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#8 Adam Paul

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 05:32 AM

Never saw delicatessen or Local Hero. I will have to check them out.
That's great guys. Keep them coming :)
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#9 Ram Shani

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 05:39 AM

all WKW movies
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Posted 04 August 2006 - 10:20 AM

delicatessen is a cinematography must...darius khondji at his finest
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#11 Adam Paul

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 11:00 AM

all WKW movies


WKW movies?
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#12 Brendan Maroney

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 06:56 PM

I really enjoyed the Bourne movies' cinematography. I felt the camera movement was great for those movies, but may not have been great in other movies.

As far as HD is concerned, I liked Sin City very much with the use of specific colors, and I was glad it was mostly black and white.

So heres my Top 10, no order:

The Matrix
Collateral
Minority Report
War of the Worlds
Heat
Se7en
Bourne Identity
Bourne Supremisy(sp? sorry)
Sin City
Desperado

probably others I can't think of...
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#13 Mr. Shannon W. Rawls

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 11:03 AM

"Man on Fire" & "Domino" come to mind.
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#14 Chris Burke

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 12:23 PM

If you're asking if you can grade an HD image as heavily, it depends on what sort of HD you are talking about. Something shot in 4:4:4 HD with minimal compression, probably, although you won't have the same dynamic range to play with -- on the other hand, if the look you are going for involves tossing away a lot of that exposure information, it may not matter. Of course, there are other aspects of the film image that are unique to film no matter what the grade.

In terms of favorite looks, they are all my favorites if they work for the particular project. I'd love to make the right movie someday look like 1930's 3-strip Technicolor photography, but I also love the look of skip-bleach color negative. Just depends on the project. But I'm interested in recreating old looks that aren't easily replicated due to lost or non-cinema technology, like 3-strip or 2-color Technicolor, or Autochromes, Polaroids, etc.



David,

You mentioned Autochromes, what exactly is that? If a cinema related process, are there any examples I could look at?

thanks
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Posted 05 October 2006 - 02:55 AM

I dont care so much for Tony Scott stuff... style over substance in many cases. It often feels unmotivated. I guess the thing I really hate about it is that somehow, that "look" of his seems to DEFINE the film look with most of the indie people. For me, there is one film that visually stands out so far there is no close second. That would be Metropolis. Still mesmerizing to watch....




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#16 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 09:47 AM

David,

You mentioned Autochromes, what exactly is that? If a cinema related process, are there any examples I could look at?

thanks
Chris


http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Autochrome
http://www.autochrom...technique2e.htm
http://www.autochrome.com/art2e.htm
http://www.autochrome.com/art3e.htm
http://www.institut-...autochexpo.html
http://users.telenet...utochromes.html
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#17 Adam White

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 10:41 AM

The Vikings
Batman Returns (keaton)
Radio Days
The Grapes of Wrath
25th hour
Unbreakable
The thin Red Line
Gatticca
12 Angry men
Narc
LOTR

It would be good to stipulate the look you admire even in films you dont enjoy. If you love a film you will make repeated viewings and will appreciate more of the cinematography. I wonder how many others have listed their fave films as good film looks?

and Brotherhood of the Wolf. . .fantastic visuals from start to finish :)
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Posted 05 October 2006 - 01:05 PM

But I'm interested in recreating old looks that aren't easily replicated due to lost or non-cinema technology, like 3-strip or 2-color Technicolor, or Autochromes, Polaroids, etc.


The Polaroid look it's interesting that you mentioned this David.

I am writing a feature set in the Bahamas I intend on producing next year. The five main characters experience flashbacks that take place in the 80's. The opening sequence, mostly of establishing shots of the island, and the first sequence of the movie is a flashback that ends with the two main characters posing for a picture, this frame turns into a Polaroid still.

I figured that I would design the flashbacks scenes to have that Polaroid picture look thus distinguishing the flashback scenes from present scenes. So far my first step was to find an old Polaroid camera and get some film and ofcourse looking at polaroids. To me they have the quality of Super 8 film. Do you know of any examples I can look at where this look was replicated?

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 01:25 PM

Attached is the paintng by Stephen Young Scott whom I using as a visual reference for the flashback scenes. I think it looks Polaroidish.

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#20 Ryan McMackin

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 01:32 PM

A few of mine are...

Buffalo '66
In the Mood for Love
American Friend
Chinatown
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