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Criterion Collection in Pictures

 

The Criterion Collection features most of my favorite films of all time. If you want to watch films that are artistic and beautiful, there is no better reference to use than the Criterion Collection. I grabbed some screen shots from the collection to show you the type of film look I am fond of. Throughout these images I notice lots of film grain, and lots of rich colors. Incorporating lots of grain and color into your footage is the easy part. What sets these images apart is some sort of unique or interesting composition. And if the composition is not very interesting well then… something about the still is interesting! I focused on films I like, so my selection does not represent the collection of films Criterion features.  Anyway, hopefully this page along with the film look examples page will give you some sort of inspiration. Most of the stills are from actual movies, but I may have snuck one or two stills that are taken from production material.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present you…

50 Wonderful Film Stills From The Criterion Collection

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So that’s it. 50 beautiful images that will hopefully bring your some joy or inspiration. Some things I learned while looking through these pretty stills:

  • Dynamic range is not that important
  • A lot of these films had very noticeable film grain
  • Getting the right color is very important
  • Composition is extremely important
  • Closeups require good lighting
  • The backgrounds (sets) are very interesting
  • Wes Anderson is underrated
  • Michelangelo Antonioni is amazing
  • The grading in these particular stills seems to be warm more often than cool

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