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Power Windows (3 replies and 4 comments)

sheriftolba
3 months ago
sheriftolba 3 months ago

Hello Roger,

 

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!

Roger Deakins
3 months ago
Roger Deakins 3 months ago

Digital post is overused as far as I am concerned. So many films look 'cosmetic'.

sheriftolba
3 months ago

Exactly!

Roger Deakins
3 months ago
Roger Deakins 3 months ago

Each to his own.

sheriftolba
3 months ago

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!

sheriftolba
3 months ago

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!

Roger Deakins
3 months ago
Roger Deakins 3 months ago

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?

sheriftolba
3 months ago

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.

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