80s film look (Jaws, ET, Charlie's Angels)?
Posted 26 September 2011 - 08:49 PM
I find this soft romanticized look in many films of the period...even on old tv shows.
Im sure they were trying for the sharpest optics but wonder if they all commited to in-camera diffusion via the various filters or netting they used.
Stock, processing, optics, etc are all understood...was just anxious to inspire some talk to hear your thoughts.
Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:19 AM
But, in my opinion, other than the beautiful camera work, there's not too much in common in the look of "Jaws" and "E.T.".
"Jaws" was shot in anamorphic using Kodak 5254 stock (100 ASA), using a more classical lighting approach, with fill lights for day exterior work and hard-lights for interiors, whereas "E.T." was shot spherically, using 5247 (125T), which was 5254's replacement, with much softer lighting, smoked sets and colored lighting at times. The only link could be the mild use of halation/diffusion (probably low-cons for "Jaws" and double-fogs for "E.T."), a trend that stopped in the early 80's around the time high-speed stocks were introduced. Of course, back then, the optics, either anamorphic or spherical, weren't as sharp as today best lenses, but some DPs preferred glass or net diffusion to counteract the fact that they were using hard-lights to obtain a more natural look (that was Chris Challis' approach to "The Deep").
Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:28 AM
One definite feeling I am experiencing is the result of anamorphic. I will have to take some more grabs and further compare. I even noticed it in a lower budget film such as Black Moon Rising.
Then I was watching Bullit and that was even MORE of this characteristic (dipping back a decade now). I will do some further research and reply.