Jump to content


Photo

Why is film so warm/how to change it?


  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 Benjamin Lamb

Benjamin Lamb
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 36 posts
  • Other

Posted 06 February 2015 - 12:23 AM

It seems that the "standard" look of film is quite warm, even red/orange, particularly in lower-budget films/student films. Even when a student film shoots on the latest Kodak stock, this seems to be the case. Here's a rough example: 

 

I could give other examples in other lighting situations, but that's what I've found for now.

I am wondering how and why major productions (i.e. Hollywood films) do not have this over warm look. I never see this overly red/orange look in a major film at a cinema. I am sure this can be changed with grading, but is that really what all of this major films are doing? Just consistently changing the redness in the DI? Or are they doing something else to modify this look? Thanks.


  • 0

#2 David Mullen ASC

David Mullen ASC
  • Sustaining Members
  • 19970 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Los Angeles

Posted 06 February 2015 - 06:57 AM

It's just timing plus some of that footage was shot at sunset. There are plenty of warm-looking movies -- didn't you see "Mr. Turner"?

Kodak designs their film to reproduce accurate colors and if you shoot a grey scale under corrected light then it comes out grey. Film is not inherently warm.
  • 0


rebotnix Technologies

CineTape

Tai Audio

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

The Slider

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

CineLab

Glidecam

Rig Wheels Passport

Ritter Battery

Abel Cine

Visual Products

Paralinx LLC

Technodolly

Wooden Camera

Willys Widgets

Metropolis Post

FJS International, LLC

Aerial Filmworks

Tai Audio

CineLab

Technodolly

Wooden Camera

FJS International, LLC

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Aerial Filmworks

Ritter Battery

Metropolis Post

rebotnix Technologies

Willys Widgets

CineTape

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Glidecam

Rig Wheels Passport

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Abel Cine

The Slider

Paralinx LLC

Visual Products