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Thu May 6, 2021, 09:15 PM

Does it seem like every movie and TV director has decided

that to be taken seriously they have to shoot their movies or programs completely in the dark?

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 09:22 PM

1. Yes. There has been far to much of this and I am reminded of GOT (The Long Night)

in the next to last season. Granted I do not have a great tv, but I could scarcely see what was happening. Apparently, I was not alone. Since then, I've seen it repeated in countless movies and tv shows.

‘Game of Thrones’ Cinematographer Defends Battle of Winterfell Against Complaints It’s Too Dark to See
https://www.indiewire.com/2019/04/game-of-thrones-cinematographer-show-too-dark-battle-winterfell-1202129682/

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 09:43 PM

2. Protip: If your TV has Dolby Vision, but is not a really high end TV ... just disable it ...

In my experience, they put the feature on every TV nowadays, but a LOT of them are not really capable of utilizing it well, and everything that's in Dolby Vision (which is a lot of the newer streaming content) ends up looking hella dark.

You should be able to turn if off in the picture settings (probably NOT right on the remote, you'll have to go through on onscreen menu or two).

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #2)

Thu May 6, 2021, 10:14 PM

3. Thanks. Will do.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 10:50 PM

4. It's not new. I watch a lot of TCM and too many of the movies...

start off in dark interiors or the cliched "dark and stormy night" exteriors.

Now don't get me wrong, I love a good "film noir" as they're lit with dark/light contrast—soft of like "chiaroscuro" in Rennaisance painting— so one can always see what's happening through the gorgeous light v dark kaleidoscope presented. That's good film making.

But I've noticed the gratuitous, unneccesary mood setting that doesn't advance the story forward in too many non-noir films. And if I were a film maker I swear I'd start a new movement with well lit openings and interiors called "film bright", so you can see it."

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 11:14 PM

5. Or you could take off your sunglasses.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 11:36 PM

6. Another decision: To be "edgy/gritty" - obligatory bear hugging a toilet & barfing into it.

And the heads are practically dunked into the bowls. As soon as this scene starts, the movie's *over* and gone for me.






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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 07:34 AM

7. My pet peave is unnecessary shakey cam.

The last Bourne movie was unwatchable.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 08:15 AM

8. I hate it when people enter a dark room...

and don't bother turning on the light.

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