I am a third year cinematography student living in Cape Town. I recently watched ‘Biutiful’ at the cinema and was immediately captured by the look of the film. I’ve been doing some reading since (American Cinematographer etc.) and gathered that most of the film was shot on Kodak 500T film stock. Now I obviously also noticed that the film had a very gloomy, blue undertone, especially in all the daylight interior and exterior scenes. My question now is - because this has not been stated in earlier threads – how exactly was this effect achieved? Was it achieved on camera by using specific filters, and if yes what filter was used to accomplish that blue look? Or did Mr Prieto just use colour correction filters (85) and achieve this later in the grade? (Especially in mixed lighting set ups such as the ice cream scene).
Reason for asking is that I will soon be shooting my graduation ten-minute short on 16mm, and was thinking of shooting on Kodak 200T 7213 for all my daylight interior and exterior scenes. Thus I’m looking for a specific filter to get a similar look. Any ideas? Would anyone recommend adding for e.g. steel blue gel to my tungsten lights in studio situation?
I’d much appreciate anyone’s insight ☺
Filters and Lighting in 'Biutiful'
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