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.
I agree, NoFilmSchool is definitely the place where interested filmmakers and non-filmmakers come to learn, but usually the discussion is how to further one's craft, not to put people in their rightful place at someone's subjective discretion.
I think you're confused with what FilmRiot and DSLR Guide set out to accomplish. You said yourself it's where people go for 'tutorials on after effects' and the like, so where's the disconnect? They're operating, and thriving, in their respective audiences. I take it you're asking for a channel with top-rung talent walking you through the how-to's of their roles? That would be awesome, but when you're truly world class "Spielberg Level" what knowledge are you going to dispense on a weekly youtube channel? "Okay, so to make your film look like 40 million bucks take your 1st million and hire a DP and camera crew that can make it look awesome. The only thing you gotta' do is explain what you want it to look like and presto!" If you're pro-level you're not going to A. be keeping a youtube channel to help other pro's do what you do and better, and B. If you're a pro and demanding youtube channels teach you how to do your job then something is amiss.
No one is saying DSLR Guide and FilmRiot are the pinnacle of the community nor are they the level everyone is aiming for. They're a group of like-minded filmmakers that are sharing tips, tricks and tutorials to achieve something that other like-minded filmmakers are trying to achieve. And, frankly, I think they're doing a pretty decent job doing it. Would you disagree?
Again, I can't say I've even heard of CD until now, which I thank you for, by the way. So I can't say I've read any criticism for CD... nor anything else for that matter. And I couldn't care less what Ryan said about someone else's short films -- I simply frequent his channel if there's some bit of knowledge I can use to enhance my own projects. Whether he's worshiped is the furthest thing from my mind.
I appreciate any filmmaker that shares their experience and knowledge by whatever means they choose. Their tone, hipster-haircuts, thoughts on other films and anything else is not of my concern -- only their content matters and I rarely see Ryan or Simon fail to deliver.
Oof. This post kind of side-swiped me. I'll forego the "what have you done to contribute" bit (and not because it was requested; who posts an online criticism and demands no one criticizes their critique?) as well as the "It's free information. Take it or leave it at your will" (Indeed, no one is forcing you to watch free content).
Your entire post, in a nutshell, says: "DSLR Guide knows nothing because he's done very little and FilmRiot don't present themselves, nor produce the content, that I feel befit a youtube filmmaking personality. We praise them even though they're unworthy and I, personally, don't like their content." Did I get that right?
My immediate reaction was, "Wow. This guy has a piss-poor attitude and low self-esteem if said youtube channels get under his skin enough to spew negativity in a NoFilmSchool thread (or any thread, for that matter)."
Then I reached the part about CinematographyDatabase, of which I have no knowledge of, causing me to ponder if this was your intent all along. Does your 'team' not get enough attention as other 'teams'? Are you a content producer associated with the latter and hoping to convert DSLR Guide / FilmRiot patrons to your camp?
What's your intention? (That's a legit question, by the way. I'm curious.)
If the praise of others annoys you this much it's likely that it is because you aren't getting the praise you feel you deserve. Every filmmaker feels this -- I, certainly, am no different. And yes, I'll admit, Simon Cade's channel has a few moments that more experienced filmmakers may roll their eyes at, but he's a young guy doing more than 90% of 'experienced' and 'educated' people are doing: producing content and sharing it with the world. That, in and of itself, is commendable and negates any 'moments' he may have for someone so early in their career.
Ask yourself what prompted your initial post. I think the answer will serve you better than contending any reply you may read in this thread.