View Full Version : How do I alter my vid to give the WWII "look"?

11-19-2005, 04:43 PM
Forgive me if this has been asked before, but I have heard it called "gritty colors."
I have also, heard it called "removing all primary colors." (not sure if that's true)
You know the look I mean... Private Ryan's pastel look... But there are other movies as well.
I mainly use Sony Vegas at the moment, and Avid next year. But I have experience with Premier and After Effects... I am sure they are all very capable. It is most likely a color balance or exclusion.

In the very least, what is this look called in the industry? Thank you!

Jeff Hartman
Negative Utopia Software
Phoenix, Arizona

11-19-2005, 04:57 PM
Its called Skip Bleach or Bleach Bypass. There are specific filters to allow you to do this, or methods.

This should show you the basics, you can translate them to Vegas rather easily.

11-19-2005, 05:31 PM
Nonsense. It's called PlusX. Color wasn't invented until 1964.:no:

11-19-2005, 05:34 PM
Nonsense. It's called PlusX. Color wasn't invented until 1964.:no:

I think he's talking about giving it the look of other war movies, not the look of newsreel or documentary footage.

11-19-2005, 11:36 PM
no color until did people know when to stop at a stop light?

11-28-2005, 09:06 AM
I realise you didnt ask this Jeff but apart from the colors, BOB / Saving Ryans Privates were shot in 1/500th shutter speed on those intense action shots.

11-28-2005, 11:18 AM
Nonsense. It's called PlusX. Color wasn't invented until 1964

Actually the first colour film was shot in 1908 and a two colour feature film was released in 1925 and a full three colour film in the 1930's

There is also colour newsreel footage from the second world war. It's less common, but it does exist.

The lightweight 16mm camera was developed specifically for use WWII newsreeel footage, so the look of the film goes back to that technology. The colour correction is mainly about having increased levels of green similar in many ways to modern 8mm.

Will Vincent
11-28-2005, 11:19 PM
Some of the early kinetoscope films had some hand-painted coloring too.. ;) As I recall "The Great Train Robbery" has some of it's elements colored.. like the gun blasts or something, been a while since I've watched it. And those were well before WWII :)