It's not low contrast if you are used to color negative, but it looks better in higher contrast light which compensates for its softer grainier look. If this is for video transfer I wouldn't bother with color filters indoors where lighting ratios will be the best and simplest way of controlling contrast. Color filters don't really change contrast they just cut color wavelengths so a red filter outdoors cancels blue, which becomes underexposed (darker) and thus shadows get darker because they have more blue light in them. And because faces have more red in them, they get lighter. So the contrast goes up outside in sunlight using red filters. But indoors you can control the tones of faces and clothing better with lighting and costume design.
Thanks for your wisdom as always david. Definitely agree about the lighting/costume design approach for indoors. I also doubt I'll have the stop for color filters indoors....
BUT....The whole project is supposed to feel "surreal", which is why I'd like to push things a little farther with color filters than I might normally be comfortable with color neg. In this case, I'll do so outdoors. In your opinion (and anyone elses that wants to chime in) do you think there is any particular place I should start? I'd imagine a yellow/orange would be more modest and red if I want to be really dramatic? What filter number should I be looking for? To be honest I'm kinda worried a rental house might not even have these things anymore...haha
Lastly... you mention that since faces have red in them they get lighter as skies get dark (when using a red filter). Do you think in this respect I'd be kicking myself in the foot using a filter since I'm shooting dark skinned actors and I want them to look.. welll.. "dark"? Maybe dark skin would look better against a "white" sky. Hmm..... (gah I wish I could test..)
Basically, I want really deep blacks and silvery higlights. My plan is to overexpose half a stop consistently, shoot with an 81 EF at all times, and when outdoors use an orange filter for deep dramatic skies. If anybody has any comments I would love to hear. eg. should I bleach bypass to get more silver in the neg? expose the neg differently? always shoot in backlight to get that silvery feel?