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#1 Patrick OBrien

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 03:10 PM

I am shooting a student film that predominantly takes place in a park (daytime) where the director wants the color palette of the film to shift from calm blues to vibrant warm tones.

It would benefit the story to keep this shift as subtle as possible, but I'm struggling a little to find examples of blue daytime exterior palettes that don't give off the token "bleak, dystopian future" look. I don't want the look of the film to transform from Minority Report into Amelie.

Does anyone have any advice on how to achieve this look? Any filters/film stocks/other equipment I should look into? We have the option of making adjustments in telecine, but I'd like to do whatever I can in-camera to manage the visuals.

The day exteriors of Donnie Darko are the best examples of this that I can remember, but I would appreciate any other recommendations anyone may have.
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#2 David Rakoczy

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 06:44 PM

If it is a Cool to Warm progression in your Story, you can shoot a Tungsten Stock without an 85... then with an 85... then with two 85s... that will take you from Cool to Normal to Warm. Than grade those changes in TK.
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#3 Steve Absalom

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 06:41 PM

Do it in post-production, probably be a heck of a lot easier to control and much more subtle.
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