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How ‘Indignation’ DP Christopher Blauvelt Digitally Recreated the Look of Reversal Film Stock

"When I was doing research of images from this era, there was a romantic feeling that comes from these photographs."

James Schamus’s directorial debut Indignation takes place in the early 1950s. To create the look of the film, Schamus and DP Christopher Blauvelt took inspiration from the reversal film that defined the era.

Explains Blauvelt on Indiewire, “Reversal film was a great part of how people saw the world from this time period. When I was doing research of images from this era, there was a romantic feeling that comes from these photographs. There’s just this way the early color reversal stock holds hard contrast in the blacks, but still keeps primary colors soft and pastel looking, but then turns red on fire. There’s still nothing like it…The [ARRI] Alexa was the right camera for Indignation due to the softness and color spectrum the sensor records. It turned out to be a complement to the structure we were creating in our aesthetic design and it’s a very production-friendly camera in regards to efficiency.”

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