History Main / Chiaroscuro

17th Sep '17 5:06:08 PM WaterBlap
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A visual trope, using a stark contrast between dark and light in an image, usually for dramatic effect. Generally uses directional lighting and sharp shadows. Developed in the Renaissance for painting and became very popular among Baroque painters, all the way to the school known as "tenebrism". And never quite vanished since. (Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiaroscuro here]].)

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A visual trope, using a stark contrast between dark and light in an image, usually for dramatic effect. Generally uses directional lighting and sharp shadows. Developed in the Renaissance for painting and became very popular among Baroque painters, all the way to the school known as "tenebrism". And never quite vanished since. (Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiaroscuro here]].)
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8th Jul '17 9:21:48 PM Orbiting
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Not to be confused with the [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis ancient desert city of glass]] from the tabletop RPG ''{{Exalted}}''. Or that rat from ''Literature/TheTaleOfDespereaux'' (though he was named for this trope as a joke by his parents).

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Not to be confused with the [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis ancient desert city of glass]] from the tabletop RPG ''{{Exalted}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. Or that rat from ''Literature/TheTaleOfDespereaux'' (though he was named for this trope as a joke by his parents).
26th May '17 6:58:47 PM LongTallShorty64
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* During the roof scenes (and nighttime ones), the lighting is very like what would later be used for FilmNoir, so much so that taking these shots isolated from the entire movie, they look like they could’ve come straight out of a noir. However, for the tone of the film, it creates more of a romantic mood.

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* During the roof scenes (and nighttime ones), ones) of ''Film/HandsAcrossTheTable'', the lighting is very like what would later be used for FilmNoir, so much so that taking these shots isolated from the entire movie, they look like they could’ve come straight out of a noir. However, for the tone of the film, it creates more of a romantic mood.
13th May '17 2:35:11 PM ManicDepressiveMouse
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* The Sam Wanamaker Theatre in London (part of the Globe Theatre complex) performs all of its plays by candlelight (as would have been done in the 17th-century indoor theaters it's modeled on, in contrast to the outdoor theaters). The lighting for its productions depends heavily on this effect -- striking changes to the lighting can be achieved not only by lighting or extinguishing candles, but also by raising or lowering the chandeliers or having actors carry candles onstage.
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20th Mar '17 4:50:23 PM bwburke94
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* ''{{RWBY}}'' uses this several times in Volume 4, most notably in the episode "Family" when Qrow is meeting [[spoiler: Raven]] in the tavern. The former is surrounded by brighter, warmer yellow light from a furnace, while the latter is seated in dimmer, poorly-lit shadows, reflecting each individual's nature. Emphasizing the effect is Qrow's white and gray clothing, contrasting [[spoiler: Raven]]'s black and red.

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* ''{{RWBY}}'' ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' uses this several times in Volume 4, most notably in the episode "Family" when Qrow is meeting [[spoiler: Raven]] in the tavern. The former is surrounded by brighter, warmer yellow light from a furnace, while the latter is seated in dimmer, poorly-lit shadows, reflecting each individual's nature. Emphasizing the effect is Qrow's white and gray clothing, contrasting [[spoiler: Raven]]'s black and red.
11th Mar '17 10:11:26 AM nombretomado
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* Taken to the extreme in ''MadWorld'' for the Wii, where everything is either black or white (or [[{{Gorn}} red]]).

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* Taken to the extreme in ''MadWorld'' ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' for the Wii, where everything is either black or white (or [[{{Gorn}} red]]).
29th Jan '17 5:08:18 PM Goldfritha
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* In ''Webcomic/ThePropertyOfHate'', the contrast between RBG's light and the darkness guarding the market. [[http://thepropertyofhate.com/TPoH/Pitch/174 He explain why brightening in the darkness would not help, it would only make the dark more striking]]. [[http://thepropertyofhate.com/TPoH/Pitch/175 Followed by his realization of how to fix it]].
26th Nov '16 2:00:55 PM Zaptech
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* ''{{RWBY}}'' uses this several times in Volume 4, most notably in the episode "Family" when Qrow is meeting [[spoiler: Raven]] in the tavern. The former is surrounded by brighter, warmer yellow light from a furnace, while the latter is seated in dimmer, poorly-lit shadows, reflecting each individual's nature. Emphasizing the effect is Qrow's white and gray clothing, contrasting [[spoiler: Raven]]'s black and red.
13th Nov '16 4:41:52 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/{{Brute Force|1947}}'' is a FilmNoir, so it's almost mandatory.
18th Oct '16 3:40:26 PM LongTallShorty64
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* During the roof scenes (and nighttime ones), the lighting is very like what would later be used for FilmNoir, so much so that taking these shots isolated from the entire movie, they look like they could’ve come straight out of a noir. However, for the tone of the film, it creates more of a romantic mood.
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