I'm gonna toss a theory out here which has no backing whatsoever, but seems to correlate:
The rise of the smart phone means people are exposed to images all the time; they post them, they make them, they share them, etc. Getting good, sharp, images has become "cheap," in the sense that the average viewer doesn't see a good, sharp, image as particularly noteworthy.
Being "filmic," though, THAT (some) producers/directors/editors think, is what will catch their attention. And what is the modern definition of "filmic?" Well, it CAN'T look like something any Joe with smart phone could have created IE- it simply has to look DIFFERENT.
And thus: teal/orange grading and greyish blacks with grainy overlays has become synonymous with "film." Not because film necessarily looks like that, but because it looks very UN-cell phone. It looks doctored, and cared for and, therefore, expensive.
In short, I guess this could be summed up as:
OBVIOUS GRADING = SEEMS MORE FILM LIKE.
But that's just my personal theory. Thoughts, anyone?
If you don't want to use any post work, you'll have better luck shooting your scene primarily in close ups and medium shots and using lighting (strobes, flashes, etc) to suggest the larger storm. If you shoot anything wider you're gonna need a TON of light.
Let the sound design sell the size of the storm. If needed, you can also use cutaways to footage actual of lightning to seal the suggestion of a big thunderstorm.
Anyone know of tips for when a boom pole operator is on the shorter side? The "H" position gets tiring awful fast...
Looks interesting. Pity you have to pay for your own airfare to GET to Hawaii. That's likely more expensive than the actual class, for some of us.
I think it's fascinating to see the new approaches to storytelling that modern film/video equipment has created. Mumblecore never would have been considered back when a huge budget was necessary to create something.
How ironic, then, that the mumblecore genre has become successful enough to create movies using larger budgets and more expensive media! Very cool. Thanks so much for sharing this.