Posted 01 October 2006 - 05:02 PM
There was a lot of blown out backlight used in the film that I didn't notice so much watching it on DVD over the years. Also it was quite refreshing seeing something without the 'crushed blacks' look that is prevelent today. It seemed like the film may have been flashed, does anyone know if the VariCon was used?
Posted 01 October 2006 - 06:58 PM
I actually have a copy of American Cinematographer's Magazine from August 1980 with the front page story about The Shining. There is no mention of flashing the film.
Posted 01 October 2006 - 07:26 PM
Posted 01 October 2006 - 07:37 PM
No, there was no flashing and hardly any filtering -- it was shot on 5247 (100 ASA) stock processed normally, not pushed like "Barry Lyndon", "Full Metal Jacket", "Eyes Wide Shut" were because they wanted a pristine look. Mostly what you are seeing in terms of milkiness is lens flare from the bright windows and practicals, especially with any shots made using a zoom. Or you are seeing some aging of the negative causing the blacks to be lifted, or the projection at the Rialto has trouble getting decent blacks (a common problem at some art house cinemas.) A few shots may have used a Low Con filter to reduce contrast, also causing some increased flare and milkiness.
The same milkiness/flare is evident in a few scenes in FMJ, especially in the first barracks scene with the bright windows blowing out and serving as backlight. This is one of Kubrick's visual trademarks.