Different coloured gels
Posted 25 September 2007 - 10:58 PM
Has anyone worked with coloured gels like Lavender and Royal Blue in night scenes before? I want to add a hint of color to a scene and give it more of a signature so that in other scenes similar they have that connection. We also want to bring color to the scene as a symbolic meaning and I was wondering if we can do that with colored gels?
Anyone have any experiences?
Posted 25 September 2007 - 11:19 PM
It gets harder with "off" colors that are not as commonplace in real life -- green light, for example, tends to only come from certain neons and fluorescents.
As for moonlight being lavender or royal blue (not sure what color that is), that can be done if you want, as long as you don't change your mind in post because shifting the color around will affect anything lit with white light in the scene. I haven't done much for moonlight other than shades of pale blue; on my last film, I used Cyan gel but that was more for a mercury-vapor streetlamp effect.
Posted 25 September 2007 - 11:56 PM
Posted 26 September 2007 - 01:21 AM
I'd recommend seeing any of his Wong Kar Wai films and just make a note what type of color palette he uses for certain scenes and situations.
Storaro is less subtle with his colorful lighting. But even so, it's as if it always suits the film and motivates the story. If you read any of his interviews, you'll get a healthy dose of his interpretation and relationship with color.
Referring to some of David's work, you should check out "Jackpot" where there are a lot of bar scenes with some great use of color, motivated by the bar/club atmosphere.
Posted 26 September 2007 - 01:27 AM
Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:29 AM
Will try to get some frame grabs up when we do the grade.
Posted 26 September 2007 - 10:13 AM
It would be a bit harder in a farmhouse in the country to justify some colors for lights.
I still feel that in a scene lit with a strongly saturated color light, it's a good idea at some point to show or suggest what might be causing that color.