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Peter BurgerRe: Tips on giving a "dark" and "gritty" feel
by on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:30:37 pm

Interesting question!
What exactly do you mean by "dark and gritty"?

There are a couple of quite different approaches, that come to my mind:

a) lighting - which could be low key with high contrast or dark pictures with less contrast.
Letting the audience more *guess*, than see...
Lighting your scenes carefully or chosing to just use available light...

b) camerawork - shaky handheld or almost steady pictures from a tripod
unconventional angles (very low / high / dutch...)
Documentary style vs. cinematic style...

c) editing - fast paced or very calm

d) postproduction: grading (adding colour / removing colour), chosing a special look (thinking of "Sin City", "Pitch Black", "7even" ...)

e) soundeffects and music will give a movie atmosphere that can hardly be achieved through visuals alone. Not to use any music will be a different approach

f) gear: what camera do you use. A movie filmed with a mini-DV will look totally differend than when using ... say a RED...

This is just some sort of brainstorming, what *can* be "dark and gritty".

Do you have any examples (films etc.) in mind?

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