JOKER cinematography and grading breakdown

published on July 20, 2020

Joker has been nominated for numerous Oscar Awards including Best Picture and cinematography in this video we're going to take a quick look at a few things that make it such a visually nice-looking film now this tutorial is not going to be a frame-by-frame

Dissection of the entire film instead we're gonna hopefully give you a few tips that you can try at home to get that signature look the first thing is the use of shallow depth of field this helps make things feel more intimate

Since there's really only one thing that you can focus on now this isn't to say that every shot needs to have obvious bokeh there are plenty of instances in Joker where the majority of the shot is in focus but Joker does utilize a very

Shallow depth of field in most of the close-ups if you're wanting to do close-ups like these you'll need a lens with a high focal length the higher the number the more the zoom the other thing that effects the bokeh is the aperture

The lower the number the smaller the area that is in focus next up is color contrast this is the idea that two colors on opposite ends of the color wheel typically look good when you put them next to each other it's the reason

Why both movie posters and the movies themselves tend to have that teal orange look skin tones typically fall in the orange reddish area and so the complementary color to that is blue whether or not you like it the reason

They keep using it is because it works so it's up to you to decide whether or not to use it in your film the color of each scene depends on what you're trying to convey in the story telling the film takes place in 1981 one way that both

The color grade and set design work together is to repeatedly utilize this D saturated brown tan color this is similar to something like stranger things this color combined with the soft

Lighting and depth of field makes it feel more vintage the best thing you can do if you're trying to emulate a film's look is to study the film itself study each frame look at the lighting is it harsh or soft look at what color it is

Look at the background is there a lot of depth of field look at where the characters are you'll learn a lot if you really just study a single frame and try and really break down how it's built let us know your thoughts on the Oscars or

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