When filmmakers capture the city of LA at night, it's always had a certain look and feel. It might be dark, intimate, or moody, like in these stills from classic movies set in Los Angeles:
(Clockwise from top left: Collateral, Heat, Chinatown, LA Confidential)
But a change has been slowly underway by the city, converting many of its outdated streetlights into new LED bulbs. While that has a positive impact on the environment and on energy savings, it also affects the way the city itself looks on film. Hollywood will never be the same.
Dave Kendricken, author at the blog, No Film School, explains the science behind the new lights and how this will impact how you see the city on the big screen.