Power Windows (3 replies and 4 comments)
I'm noticing an increase in the use of power windows on actors faces, I understand that sometimes you have to lighten up a face in post but It's now used frequently as standard procedure and I'm always annoyed to notice a feathered circle on every face, sometimes they're not even tracked to the face so they become a patch of brightness somewhere in the shot.
I would like to know your opinion about using power windows so frequently now and if you also notice them more now especially in Netflix productions!
Digital post is overused as far as I am concerned. So many films look 'cosmetic'.
Each to his own.
Of course, but you know some things are just annoying to see especially when you know the reason behind it, I mean it's a lot easier to light up a face and adjust the contrast ratio using the available light, if they shoot a dark face then that had to be a decision. It's like sound distortion whatever you do you can't remove distortion even if you take the levels down!
Take a look at Netflix's The King, a gorgeous film if it weren't for those power windows on every talking head as if someone speaking must always be more lit than someone who's listening!
I think 'The King' is really well photographed and I wasn't so distracted by the power windows. I did see it on a screen so maybe the TV version is different?
Yes maybe so, I watched it on a computer screen so I haven't seen the TV version yet, also maybe I watched it with a preconception of this phenomenon so my eyes were looking for it.