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« #15 : April 19, 2013, 05:57:52 AM »

I could never stand the washed out color look on period pieces. and btw, for some reason, it seems to me that washed-out color is being used these days for lots of movies, not just period pieces. With all the amazing camera technology we have today, filmmakers are choosing to go with dull washed out greys. I can't stand it.

It's usually just lazy grading: the more you bleach the image, the more "professional" it looks. It's a cheap trick that comes from guerilla filmmaking and no budget short movies. When you have the budget to afford a real DP and real lights (especially with today's cameras: you don't need much light), it's really just lazy directing/color grading to go the bleached colors route.

Of course, it sometimes works: Mystic River (Clint's first film with Tom Stern as a DP) is a great example. But I'm with DD on this: it's overused.

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