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Creating the Look for a Project (1 reply and 1 comment)

Gonzarelli
2 months ago
Gonzarelli 2 months ago

Hi Roger and Forum Members,

Starting in on a project of several short films. On the Prep we want to determine different looks for each.  The content obviously informs the look to some degree.

Are there a series of steps you do on a routine basis for a project to determine the look? And what testing that that usually include?  I am looking for any insights into the process of determining a look for a film. Any information in that regard would be very helpful!

 

Cheers,

Gonzarelli

 

 

 

Gonzarelli

quijotesco24
2 months ago
quijotesco24 2 months ago

you can use shotdeck or any other frame grabs website for film references and then share them with your team, you can also look at still photographers or paintings or whatever you feel. Start very broad and share around or with only the references of what you think is needed for the story. then keep refining the look and atmosphere with your team until you guys have a clear idea what you want.

Not knowing the time available and/or money involved, you (I guess you are the DP) can shoot tests and talk to your camera team and rental to make everyone understand what’s needed so everyone is at the same page so their inputs are valuable, again depending the money involved these tests can be as much as thorough as possible to define lenses, lights, compositions, textures, an on-set LUT or as simple as to shoot with what you have at hand and going as closer as you can to get the look decided with tools available. It’s all about the budget at this point.

Its also your job to bring people back to reality, no point to decide  for an anamorphic look with super wide shots if your budget is low for example. So yes, budget will decide which look is possible and which isn’t. 

Gonzarelli
2 months ago

Thanks for the advice. I am looking through lots of different films and ads to determine looks. ShotDeck is a good idea and I am trying it out too.

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