Interesting post. I used to be OBSESSED with the age of my heroes when they made their first film. Imagine my dismay when, at 21 with the grand dream of being a Welles' like wunderkind, saw a fellow Canadian -- Xavier Dolan -- breakout in Cannes with his debut, "I Killed My Mother." My wunderkind dream died a fabulous death right then and there.
Regardless, the pressure and urgency that 'age driven filmmaking' creates can be a great tool for getting one's ass in gear. I made my first feature at 23, second at 26 and third at 31 (present day). Here's a few lessons learned:
Film 1: BEST decision ever. I was on the verge of quitting when it dawned on me... I never took a kick at the can and I was already thinking of quitting? Wow. Talk about warped expectations. With 7,500 CAD to my name I went all in and shot the damn thing. It premiered at a massive genre film fest and sold! Hooray.
Film 2: BEST mistake ever. After the lengthy process of finishing my first film -- as well as meeting 'working directors' on the festival circuit -- I was anxious to make my follow-up... a little too anxious. Adding another "0" I made another film that fell short of my debut (at least on a creative / critical level). Better production value and pro crew / actors aside, the film sold well but it was a blow to my process and where I felt I was heading. The mistakes were plenty and it set me on course to readjust my approach, collaborators and ultimately storytelling direction. Altogether, it was the best mistake that could have happened.
Film 3: 100% different experience. I almost don't want to elaborate too much as I'm still in post and don't want to jinx anything. The lessons learnt on my 2nd film were crucial in how Film 3 would shake down.
What's the point of my post? "Use age to push you into action. Realize the sooner you make a film, the sooner you'll make mistakes and the sooner you'll improve." I really do think that waiting until 'everything is right' is a recipe for death. Sure, my 2nd film may have had an undercooked script and a hasty production, but it overhauled my perspective on how to correct what could have been a costlier mistake on my 3rd film (a much higher budget.)
Make mistakes early (even if early means you're in your 40's / 50's / 60's, etc.) You're never too old to make your film.
That burn was...
Wait, so she wasn't empowered when she earned her moniker Black Mamba -- one of the world's most dangerous assassins -- years and years prior to ever being subjected to some greasy hospital orderly's rape business? She doesn't become 'empowered' because she's raped. She was empowered from the onset of the story.
I think Tarantino's females are just as complex and multidimensional as his men. Brutalization, within a Tarantino film, is not unique to his female characters. I'm curious to how you feel his work is misogynistic.
Dave A, I ran into this same issue. As Jonathon has already suggested, windowing or selective color works great.
For myself, I find selective color is -- by far -- the best choice. Give a search in google for 'isolating skin tones' and you'll find tons of tutorials. For me I use a separate node with the ink dropper to hone in on the skin tones, tweak it to maximize how much skin tone is affected (with minimal effects on the non-skin tones), then a simple saturation boost to return some color and 'pop' to the skin.
I'm not a pro colorist, but selective color + saturation boost on the skin tones hasn't failed me yet.
Couldn't have said it better, Andres. Kendy Ti does amazing work with very little.
Regarding the BMPCC, It wasn't until recently that I learned how much you can actually get from that camera. It's got a steep learning curve but oh man, when you make it sing it can really sing. But it's definitely got hidden costs ALL over it.
BMPCC Body: 1000 USD
Datacolor SpyderCHECKR 24: 50 USD
Metabones EF Adapter: 670 USD
Switronix Battery: 285 USD
Lens: 500+ USD
Monitor: 500+ USD
Media: 50+ USD
Are all of these necessities? No, not really. But it makes for a much better/easier/efficient experience. I added a Atomos Ninja Flame to my gear and I'm on cloud 9. And shooting a color chart on every location move / new setup has made my coloring a breeze. I love the BMPCC.
Color me impressed.