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Cross-processed look on digital? Still from "Happy Together" (2 replies and 3 comments)

jmixon
2 months ago
jmixon 2 months ago

Roger, I know this isn't your film and I apologize, but I've asked for feedback on how this look was achieved elsewhere and come up short. I was hoping you might be able to help me out on how to achieve something similar these days without doing such a thing photochemically. I believe this film was cross-processed, but I don't know the stock or process obviously. 

 

I love the richness of the colors, the saturation and the blueness of the sky. I assume you've seen this film, and the look is quite similar throughout many of the exteriors. I'm trying to get a somewhat similar look in a film I'm shooting soon in San Diego and am hoping to go for that lo-fi/lomography look with very vibrant skies, a warm/summer vibes/sunbleached vibe, but I can't afford to shoot film and process film, so I was hoping for some insight on how to go about this digitally. 

 

dmullenasc
2 months ago
dmullenasc 2 months ago

The main thing that tends to happen with crossprocessing reversal film into negative is that the contrast goes way up, there is a green shift, and a lot of grain appears. Of course it’s more complicated than that and to some degree the effect is not consistent. But you could color-correct digital to get something similar if you can also add grain. Here is a quick test I did from a photo I took:

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/ABEBA026-A57D-4726-B10C-7448E10BC833.jpeg
dmullenasc
2 months ago
dmullenasc 2 months ago

Another quick test — I just added contrast, shifted everything to the green, and added grain:

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/AE988F09-EAE3-4063-8874-DDE7DC3C6F00.jpeg
jmixon
2 months ago

Wow, that's definitely about right! Thank you so much! Just out of curiosity, which setting in Photoshop did you use for your adjustments of the colors because I know there are a few options for doing that.

dmullenasc
2 months ago

I use Lightroom — I just slid contrast to max, shifted the tint to green, added grain, then added more grain in Snapseed — but Photoshop allows a much heavier grain level than Lightroom. The thing though is that I saw “Happy Together” in a theater and felt that some shots were negative film heavily push-processed but I didn’t think they took reversal stock out on location with them and had it cross-processed.

jmixon
2 months ago

Ah yes, I much prefer lightroom actually when it comes to colors! I appreciate the help with this! The advice I got from other places didn't come close!

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