1917 daytime exteriors metering (2 replies and 1 comment)
Hey Mr Deakins, I was wondering for the daytime exterior shots in 1917 when the skin tones look milky, for example the opening trench walking sequences and climactic race to Colonel McKenzie. Did you overexpose the scenes a stop or more (incident reading) to achieve the milky looking skin tones you got?
No, nothing was overexposed at all. It was just a very flat light with as much bouncing up from the white chalk as coming from the sky.
Was the decision to use chalk for the trench a historical accuracy one or for lighting and visual purposes?
We scouted some remaining WW1 trench complexes and some were dug in chalk. We also saw a number of photographs from the war that showed the same white trench lines. Sam felt it would make an eerie counterpoint to the more commonly recognized look and Salisbury Plain, which was one of our key locations, is an extension of the same geology as exists Northern France.