Netflix Image Enhancement Rules Take Cinematographers by Surprise

A Netflix requirement that cinematographers capture films in Hdr, or high dynamic range, has taken many by surprise, filmmakers say, but those at the 27th EnergaCamerimage festival in Poland seem increasingly accepting of the change.

Dp Roberto Schaefer, whose “Red Sea Diving Resort” screened at the cinematography fest in the historic city of Torun, said the new rule could benefit the viewing experience for TV viewers but also noted he only learned of it at the last moment on his most recent production.

Schaefer, at Camerimage to screen “Red Sea Diving Resort,” the fact-based feature about a Mossad operation to rescue Ethiopian Jews from persecution, said Hdr should be planned from the start of production.

“It’s about communication,” Schaefer said, speaking at a panel on closing the gap between technical and creative concerns sponsored by the American Society of Cinematographers, Netflix and Imago, the European federation of cinematographers.

“You really should be told,
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