Look Inspiration – Red Filtered B&W
Emulating A Camera Filter
I learned a brand new technique for Black and White footage this week and I found it amazingly refreshing.
We were aiming to create a late 70s early 80s black and white look and the idea was thanks to the suggestion of the amazing DOP Matt North
The technique is basically called red filtered B&W and emulates placing a red optical filter over the lens when shooting for black and white.
It’s quite a simple idea but gives great results as it drastically changes the image when it comes to skies and skin tones.
I’m sure using the RGB mixer would be a smarter way of getting the “best” B&W image but we wanted to replicate real life techniques and achieve an older look.
For the same reason I didn’t use very many windows and no qualifiers at all.
A good source of inspiration is this trailer below for Paper Moon which was shot in the style.
I mention a book called The Age Of Innocence in my insight below and you can find the book here
Enjoy and hopefully you had as much fun as I did with this look!