Grading The Handmaiden, scene by scene
Scene – Annex
This scene was in an annex within Kouzuki’s library. The characteristic of this library is that it is located in the shade and rarely experiences sunlight. Therefore in this shot, I decreased saturation as well as the brightness of the light part of the scene.
Skin tone of leading actors
The skin tones of the actors were rather pale. Typically, I graded the face of Lady Hideko to be expressed in pure whiteness throughout the movie, because she was trapped in the palace.
On the contrary, I raised the skin tone of the maid Sook-hee a little, because she lived more freely than Hideko.
The Count’s skin tone was desaturated because the actor’s original skin tone is strong already.