I read an interesting article today about why movies and TV are so dark and indistinct and otherwise hard to see. https://www.vox.com/culture/22840526/colors-movies-tv-gray-digital-color-sludge

And it reminded me of one I'd read a few weeks ago about how hard it is to hear dialogue now, and other issues with sound. https://www.slashfilm.com/673162/heres-why-movie-dialogue-has-gotten-more-difficult-to-understand-and-three-ways-to-fix-it/

It sounds like both problems are complicated, due to both technical and cultural reasons.

It's weird to realize we live in an age where western audio-visual media is so hostile to both our vision and hearing.


@bright_helpings @cadadr@weirder.earth really interesting theory!

Related, something I haven't been able to un-see since watching this: youtu.be/Z1PCtIaM_GQ - how like all action/fight scenes nowadays are dark and hard to follow and with a million cuts. It's notable to get a Western (uh, like Anglo, not like cowboys) action movie where you know where everyone is in the scene (e.g. Mad Max: Fury Road).

@nev Yeah, the center framing in Fury Road was so crucial to it being like the only action movie I've really enjoyed, it suited my visual impairment really well to be able to follow everything so easily. Fury Road is also mentioned in this article about color as being a rare exception there for having some.

I wished at the time that it'd inspire more movies to be legible, but I guess it didn't! @cadadr

@nev @bright_helpings @cadadr This exactly is why I love martial arts movies but don't like action movies.


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