More color

Films were standardized at 24 frames per second during the introduction of sound, which needed a universal frame rate to avoid a mess. 24 frames per second was one of the lowest rates that presented fairly smooth motion and saving film cost. Films shot at higher rates have been introduced several times but have met with mixed reaction due to a too “lifelike” quality. They lose the dreamlike image people are used to in movies. The same thing occurs at super high resolutions to some extent; things are a bit too crisp and sharp, breaking the suspension of disbelief. I believe that happens somewhat with 3D among other problems it brings like the conversion/focus issue.
I would argue that something similar happened when Technicolor and Eastmancolor went from the full rich colors to the more realistic tone of modern movies. When I think of color movies things like the Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind come to mind. Hitchcock films, Hammer Films and AIP, all pop into my head when someone mentions color movies, not modern films which are all in color. Black Narcissus, despite it being an early color film, made far more use of color than the modern ones that take it for granted.

I've been focusing on color even more than I usually do because I'm grading Insectula! and color is running through my thoughts all day long. I'm working with the older color palettes of the films I mentioned and I really like the look I'm getting, but the tradeoff is that it takes longer.

I guess I’m just a color nut.


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