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Robustly applying those filters... the magic ones?

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Old 03-05-2007, 01:08 PM
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Post Robustly applying those filters... the magic ones?


I was just reading an article of a new movie called 300 and found that they shot the movie in just 60 days and the post production took about a year. The director basically worked mainly for the result of the images in the movie. I found fascinating that the images were retouched frame by frame to convey a new way of visualization in cinema. It got me thinking that probably among the numerous programs the used there had to be a Photoshop based program. Using picture by picture to add a filter could be a long process but a beautiful composition in the end.

I have tried to achieve that result with Photoshop but so far I am still in the amateurish line waiting for a good delivery. It gets my attention when the use of filters in films is applied to convey a good mood and to enhance an image. In the case stated above the director says that they enhanced saturation, contrast and part of the natural colors.

There is always a color or even a shadow that make your eyes pay attention and absorb what just seems a moving frame. Colors are always a feast to the eye. A magical new way your eyes can remember forever!

I have played with this image to see if I could a least get close to something I have found about this film. In comparison, I am no expert with the people in big production at using filters or manipulating colors but my kid will sure have fun with a poster of his own. What do you think? Does anyone have a good tutorial for movie film filters?
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:49 PM
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Re: Robustly applying those filters... the magic ones?

get a trial of after effects and take a look at some presets of cinematic styles.... you can view and edit every aspect of the presets... then just cart those variables over to Photoshop; just about all of the terms are the same.
I don't have it here at work, but when I get home I'll post a screenshot of what I mean.

Here you go:
The first is straight from After effects with the preset settings.
The second is in Photoshop with the layers mimicing the settings from After Effects.
Not exact.... but with practice....
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