Great links! I’m sort of casually interested in the tech side of digital filmmaking. Those pages are at least a little out of my depth, but interesting nonetheless. I’ll have to read through them more thoroughly later when I’ve got more time.
Anyway, rented this last night – found it on a Redbox near where I was out for the evening (not a common find these days around here). I caught it in the theater – in part to see how the digital looked on the big screen. I really had no idea what the movie was about; never read the books or saw the other versions. Seemed like a great pick last night to see again and check out how it transferred to disc.
Honestly, it has another of those color schemes that to me seem to lend great to digital, but enforce an impression that digital just can’t pull off a really lush, rich, colorful film. I watched Chasing Mavericks the night before and was totally impressed by how well digital can do with color in that movie. I might have believed that was actually shot on film if I had not already checked. One reason why I rented it; I believed it had to be colorful considering the story.
One of the things that bothers me is the light that they seem to use a lot in the night scenes. I’m going to have to see if I can find out if there is a reason that I’ve seemed to notice so many of these digitally shot movies gravitate toward that particular lighting. Again, it just gives me this impression of digital being limited that probably isn’t deserved as much as I perceive it to be.
Beyond my gripes about the color palette which actually works for the movie; no doubt. (I knew it before I rented it what to expect.) The picture definitely has that clarity and detail that is impressive! Great example of what the RED cameras can do in low light I would say. Not that I’m an expert critic. Seems like I get the impression that the ARRI Alexa gets the nod more for its low light prowess.
The sound mix didn’t seem to employ a terrific amount of surround, but it wasn’t totally absent – her riding her scooter, etc. It almost reminded me that it was absent from so much of the rest of the movie when it did have it though.
I loved the story! It was just what I was in the mood for last night on too many levels! Great intro to Rooney Mara as well. I’ve missed her before this somehow. Looking forward to seeing more of her.