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#1 John Byrne

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 03:00 PM

Hi,

Only new to this area and trying to take in as much as I can. Recently watched Schindler's List and was actually disappointed with the overall look of the film. Having a quick look around and seeing that it won an Oscar for Cinematography/on those top lists etc, I'm obviously in the minority here. My biggest issue was how the highlights were blown out in a lot of scenes - did anyone else have a problem with that or is it just me? There were some nice uses of Rembrandt lighting and some other moments in the fog/mist that looked really neat but otherwise I was really disappointed. I don't know if this is a fair comparison or not but for me, something like The White Ribbon floors this film in terms of cinematography.

Anyway, only a new student so go easy on me!
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#2 John Holland

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 05:32 PM

I love blown highlights ! Not watched the film for years must dig out the DVD.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 06:04 PM

I love blown highlights ! Not watched the film for years must dig out the DVD.


Yes, that's my reaction too, I love hot highlights.
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:54 AM

I haven't seen it in a while so I can't really remember it that well. But I recall a pretty renowned Australian cinematographer, Pete James, agreeing with you about that. So you aren't alone with it.
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#5 John Byrne

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 02:35 PM

Interesting...I had a search around google for some comments by him but couldn't find any! I'm curious to see what he says as it might be what I'm thinking in my head but can't put into words.

Don't get me wrong, I like blown-out highlights too, but here they just didn't work for me whatsoever. :/
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#6 Marcus Joseph

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 07:28 PM

Interesting...I had a search around google for some comments by him but couldn't find any! I'm curious to see what he says as it might be what I'm thinking in my head but can't put into words.

Don't get me wrong, I like blown-out highlights too, but here they just didn't work for me whatsoever. :/

I remember last time I spoke to him he mentioned it, it was all about black and white. It would be cool if he came on here and elaborated his thoughts, but if I see him around again I'll give him an ask.
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#7 John Byrne

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:41 PM

Thanks Marcus, appreciate it!
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