I finally (yes, I know, I’m late to the game here) watching American Horror Story. We’ve tried watching it before, but I have an issue with how prevalent infidelity is in television, I feel that it is often used to try and show that a good character is flawed, but it doesn’t really add anything – which is why we gave up part way into the first episode.
But! I have given it another shot, and I’m glad I did, even if for just one simple reason.
Oh yeah, film lives! And it is living on television! I love when horror is shot on film, it gives that proper amount of grit to the visuals. AHS uses Kodak 35mm that was then transferred using 2k scans; the final result is a lovely-colored and lightly-grained product that is wonderfully striking.
I really hope that the rest of the seasons continue to use film because there is a certain quality to it that you just cannot get with digital even with a film overlay.
Granted, if you are working with digital, and you really desire to get that look, there are some great film overlays out there that do give a rather good image. When using them, though, I would always download the 4k overlays for the same reason I would shoot something in 4k even if I planned on the final product being 1080: room to crop if needed and a prettier regular HD image.
So, even though a lot of us don’t have the cash to fork out for film stock, we should still aspire to it if we think it will enhance a project. Also, if you’ve been avoiding AHS, you should go check it out and look at all that pretty film action in there.