The "video look" - Filmmaker's talk

by Luke Georgas

Any filmmakers out there remember the "video look" that was so fought nail and tooth for whatever reason and every filmmaking silly kid wanted the "film look"?

Let's talk about that again from today's perspective.

Today's "video look" really isn't the "video look" of years ago when the term "video look" was coined. A 4K GoPro camera's default look or even just an HD camera's doesn't remotely remind me of the "video look" of those days. I LOVE the crispy clear 4K look. No softenings or glowings or maskings or color treatment or whatwhat.

Anyway, what brought this topic on was that what I once saw as artistic additions or additions to more powerfully tell a story, has become today's brainless uninspired "filmmakers" textbook irrirating rubbish that are ALWAYS used and really have lost all inspiration. All is just textbook formulas.

Like, watch a police work murder investigation show? The colors are pale and slightly blueishly tinted with limited chrominance. (Think Cold Case.)

Watch a documentary about fat loss? The show is shot on 24fps video.

Something is depicted from the 1800's? The color is tinted a sepia brownish yellow with vignette.

Something sci-fi'ish? The picture is greenish tinted.

Romcom? More glow and softening.

And EVERYBODY for some reason feel they absolutely HAVE TO turn up the contrast for some unexplainable reason.

And never is an outdoors scene just the natural color. It's ALWAYS warmer. Seems every modern excuse for a filmmaker has a phobia of the natural cooler bluer light. Sometimes EVERY outdoor scene even looks like late afternoon it's so darn yellow and warm.

And let's not even get to something as ridiculous as digitally added noise and grain or grimeyness.

And this was just the tip of the iceberg. It seems the "artistic decisions" doesn't ever stop. "Filmmakers" seem incapable of just showing a natural picture at all. It's like they're in this brainwashed by previous media they've seen all their lives state and can't do anything other but mindlessly produce more of the same.

Anyway, I was just getting tired of watching all these textbook foofies applied all over the stupid garbage on TV with stories so terrible, the story can't even communicate the mood anymore. It's like today's formulaic filmmakers have to teaspoonforcefeed the audience the mood and feel of the movie with all sorts of added filters and colors and rubbish because the story is too weak and useless to speak for itself and the audience too desensitized to feel for any story so their emotions and thoughts are turned on and off with these switches.

Or something such. It's just too annoying for me now, all the stupid color changes and look changes and whutwhut.

As for me, I'm going to try and use natural, authentic pictures in my movies for a while. The authentic realism look. Yeah. :X! Magnifique.

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