I'm working on a project for 2015 that I want to shoot on black and white 16mm film. I've watched several films online shot with Tri-X film and a few on Double X but the blacks are so dark (I know, they're supposed to be).
These are great film stocks but for my film I kinda don't want the blacks to be so black. For example, one of my favorite films is the 1956 version of "The Bad Seed" and as you can see from the photos the black and white image is not so dark. The blacks aren't so black like they are in the modern stocks. I might not be explaining this well. You can see from the fireplace below that there is black and that the liquor is obviously a dark color but the overall scene isn't dark on the edges and has an even grey scale tone.
Even the images with more dark areas aren't as black as what I've seen in modern B&W stocks.
Is it possible for me to achieve this lighter toned black and white imagery with modern black and white film stocks?
Or would I have to shoot on color film and do a grey scale/desaturate/black and white treatment on it in post?
This discussion lost me a bit:
I think someone in that post had a great idea of shooting with a still film camera using the film stock I'd like to use with the setup I plan to shoot and see how that looks. I'm going to try that.
Edited by T Sanders, 18 March 2014 - 11:01 PM.