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Dylan Grant

Robert Richardson's use of filters (NOT a ProMist/halation question)

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Watched JFK and The Doors again recently and was curious about some of the brown tones, notably in the first twenty minutes or so of JFK. It appears to be a light sepia/chocolate filter, but I have no idea and can't find any information about this. This same look shows up throughout The Doors too …


I'm wondering if this was achieved through filtration, processing, or some combination of techniques.


I don't have any great screencaps, unfortunately. The attached shot hopefully hints at what I'm talking about.


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Maybe it was color graded that way in post...

Both films were photochemically finished, so it's more likely that the warm look was achieved via filtration.

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I think some shots were desaturated in an optical printer by combining a color IP and a b&w positive to make a desaturated dupe negative. Brown is really just desaturated warmth.

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