September 23, 2014 at 12:25PM
Choosing Gels and Color Contrast
I just recently watched The Drop, which is a great film, and the cinematographer Nicholas Karakatsanis did an excellent job creating this neo-noir gritty city look by filling the bar scenes with a lot of color contrast. I read an article in AC where Karakatsanis commented that he backlit scenes with Primary Red to signify danger and used green plus 1/2 to get a greenish blue on HMIs to light night exteriors. He didn't mention the specific gels for his warm tones or greens, but I found the warm key and green fill to be very effective.
What gels do you like to use to create color contrast for certain situations? Or post examples of scenes that you shot or of your favorite films usage of colored light.