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#1 Matthew Buick

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 05:55 PM

I was just watching the film, The Hunt for Red October, cinematography by Jan de Bont ASC, and I thought the colours sucked, they were so washed out and drained.

What do you think ?
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#2 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 06:01 PM

I was just watching the film, The Hunt for Red October, cinematography by Jan de Bont ASC, and I thought the colours sucked, they were so washed out and drained.

What do you think ?


As you've just seen it on BBC1, they're a good chance they've muted the colours. BBC1 tends to try and make everything look the same, so the old ladies don't phone in and complain.

Just watch a US or international drama series and then watch a BBC1 drama - the colour grey pops into mind.
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#3 David Sweetman

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 06:28 PM

The film is amazing! I don't recall the colors being dull or drained at all. 'course I've only seen it on a TV set and not projected. But it's all on a submarine, so I remember specifically some motivated reds, yellows, and whatnot. The film has a much different feel than the director's other movies, numbering among them "Predator" and "Die Hard," if memory serves correctly.
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#4 Matthew Buick

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 07:03 PM

As you've just seen it on BBC1, they're a good chance they've muted the colours. BBC1 tends to try and make everything look the same, so the old ladies don't phone in and complain.

Just watch a US or international drama series and then watch a BBC1 drama - the colour grey pops into mind.


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#5 Daniel Smith

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 08:36 PM

I have to admit I was watching it about an hour ago on UK TV. And it did seem somewhat de-saturated in ways. Hopefully that is just to do with BBC1.

But hey, great film.
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#6 Niki Mundo

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 09:44 AM

I think you're way off-maybe joking. Check out "Die Hard", another film of his-
Awesome photography.
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#7 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 11:10 AM

"Hunt for Red October" was shot with smoke on the sets, some sort of light diffusion on the Red October itself to make the lights glow (maybe ProMist), and the negative was lightly flashed to lower contrast, a trick that the director has done on many of his films because he likes shooting in available light / low light and feels it helps keep the ambience up.

So the colors may naturally be a little muted in some scenes, but overall, this is a normal saturation movie.
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#8 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 12:37 PM

"Hunt for Red October" was shot with smoke on the sets,


---I was told that Soviet submarines had extremely heavy duty air conditonong to accomadate the chain smoking of thre crew.

I would imagine the same holds for Chinese submarines. But then they bought them the Soviets.
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#9 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 02:10 PM

Hi,

Yes, BBC (well, any UK) drama tends to be very low-con, front lit, colourless and uninteresting, it's bloody awful.

However I'd be surprised if they were messing with a film they'd bought in.

Phil
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