In the last few years since the advent of digital cinematography and DI’s there has been a bleach bypass crazy. While before Saving Private Ryan you barely saw any, today every movie seems to have some sort of bleach bypass look to it. With digital grading, it seem bleach bypass is no longer limited to silver retention. Looks of movies like 300 for example are clearly inspired by bleach bypass and could be said to be a variation of the same. But are there names for these new digital variations of bleach bypass? Are they even variations at all or are they so changed they their deserve a new name? What are everybody’s opinions on this bleach bypass crazy of late? Is it just a way to get way with lazy lighting and production values? Just a cheap way to make ordinary footage look interesting?
Check this still for example. It surely looks like some sort of bleach bypass:
In the negative days you could never get a look like this.
Edited by Michael Maier, 05 May 2008 - 06:35 AM.