War and Peace cinematographer George Steel speaks to Televisual about bringing the classic Russian novel to fresh life for the BBC.
“The way we lit the series changed as the story got progressively darker,” he explains.”Over time it became slightly grittier, with more contrast, less color. It started off very colorful, and we eased the color out.”
“Color was really important to the story,” he continues. “I love color. But in period photography you are slightly limited in your sources, to firelight and candles, so there’s a limited palette of colors. But I was keen, because people had such amazing costumes, to keep the color in it – and not for it to become de-saturated.”