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Re: Making movies

Postby wlbragg » Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:44 pm

Funny you mentioned the blood. I really notice blood in any scene because I do a lot of hunting and it is so often not accurate. I thought you had a reasonable color. Maybe a shade to light. I wonder though if the inconsistencies of blood color in a scene are more about cameras and monitors involved than the actual color of the prop?
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Re: Making movies

Postby Thorsten » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:33 am

I wonder though if the inconsistencies of blood color in a scene are more about cameras and monitors involved than the actual color of the prop?


Let's just say you can change the impression a lot in post-production, so it's probably a combination of both - much of what you see in digital-age movies has been color-filtered for mood (sometimes that's depressingly obvious - army faces superior foe - heavily de-saturated colors, almost greyscale, the remaining color palette is blue-shifted to make the scene cold - leader gives rousing speech - colors return and are shifted towards red to give the scene a warm glow).

So if there's blood visible, that'd affect it a lot.
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Re: Making movies

Postby Thorsten » Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:27 pm

So, what's your take on the color?

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Re: Making movies

Postby wlbragg » Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:07 pm

The dark spots on the grass and collar look right to me, the lighter color (majority of the blood) looks a little to orange or light, I guess, but pretty close. I'm used to seeing that darker colored red to almost crimson. I have seen blood close to the lighter color when it is coming from the lung, such as a lung shot animal.
That dark red on the leaf, even the thicker portion that is a little lighter looks spot on in my opinion though.
So why is there such a variation in what were seeing here? Is it the thickness or shadow?
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Re: Making movies

Postby Thorsten » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:07 pm

So why is there such a variation in what were seeing here? Is it the thickness or shadow?


Time mostly - the stuff gets sticky soon, so we applied some in the beginning when she's still breathing and kept adding as the scene progressed - so the lighter color blood is freshly applied, and if it's aged for 20 minutes it darkens.

It's a home-cooked recipe made from starch, cocoa and some edible red color - I guess there's more sophisticated stuff possible, but for the most part this looked fairly spooky already...
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Re: Making movies

Postby wlbragg » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:14 pm

It looks good, you might consider letting it dry a bit before shooting if possible. It's nit picking, but that blood that is two toned is perfect in my opinion. I've seen that many, many, times.
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