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Is there a fashion or trends in cinematography? What are the new trends, popular looks, cliches etc?
MoVI, and all the interesting pass-through, dolly, jibby kinda movements you can get with gimbal units are becoming quite the trend. It's a little over the top sometimes, but as to be expected with a new toy.
The outrageous shallow depth of field look seems to be going away finally, but in indie stuff it's still very much a thing.
color wise, I'm seeing a lot of desaturated, muted tone looks- not quite log or anything, but maybe take a look at Her to see the idea.
September 5, 2014 at 11:09AM
Organic handheld seems to be very, very trendy. From what I've seen a tried, most often accomplished with an Easyrig or something like that. Also, soft, sparse, moody lighting are very common. And, maybe as a response to DSLR and digital, softening up images seems to be a common thing too—taking the perfectly crisp edge off of images.
September 5, 2014 at 11:59AM
Contemporary trends are subjective. A lot has already been said above. I would say that the most contemporary trends I've seen lately are:
1) softer lighting, as opposed to hard lighting
2) more contrast in lighting ratios, with less backlight
3) shallower depth of field
4) complicated camera movies via Steadicam, MOVI, dolly, jibs/cranes, etc.
5) slow-motion - I've seen a huge increase since the Sony EX series hit the market and people can do it with digital. Sometimes it's overkill.
6) film grain added to digitally shot movies
If I think of any others I'll share. However, those are what I see most frequently.
September 5, 2014 at 1:58PM
Nice lists! Maybe also the use of multirotors, because of the increasing availability and lower prices, as well as improvements in quality.
September 5, 2014 at 2:22PM
Excellent point. I've never seen so much aerial videography!
September 5, 2014 at 4:22PM
I know that they are being used for quite a while now, but I see more and more long takes in films and TV (1+ minutes)
September 5, 2014 at 3:14PM
A trend I hate-and that perhaps I notice a lot because I'm by TVs that don't have sound on, so I notice visual patterns more-is commercials that are obviously being shot as cheaply as possible (from big companies) that have lots and lots of sun in the background, meaning the sun and light streaks are coming through behind the actors and foreground. It's the cheapest (in a creative sense) way of evoking something in your commercial, and whenever I see it I almost feel embarrassed for everyone involved in making them. It's very assembly line approach filmmaking, in a way.
September 5, 2014 at 3:26PM
You mean back light and lens flares? Terrence Malick knows how to use this.
September 5, 2014 at 4:00PM
One of the contemporary trends are all sorts of vintage looks. Some people think that Magic Bullet filters will make them better cinemtographers.
September 5, 2014 at 4:24PM
As far as current colour trends, I definitely think that over the past two years with the popularisation of logarithmic gamut, colour in film has shifted away from "crushed" to more "milky". Instead of going for the high-con look of many film stocks, I believe people have tried to emulate the "Arri Alexa" or "RED" look by flattening out the image later.
September 7, 2014 at 9:35PM