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Fans love the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but hate the ‘blurry’ shots

The moment you’ve been waiting all October for is finally here, 90s kids: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is on Netflix, in its first season entirety.

Starring Kiernan Shipka (as Sabrina), Ross Lynch (as her BF Harvey), Lucy Davis (as British Auntie Linda, and Miranda Otto (as the take-no-bullshit Auntie Zelda), the show has already received a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Yes, people are loving the darker, slightly camp version of ‘Brina. But while there are modern themes, spooky moments an an enjoyable Stranger Things-like aesthetic, there is one thing that’s seemingly pissing off everyone: the weird fish eye lens-like frame blur.

Numerous posts on Reddit speak highly of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s content and cinematography, but a majority have a collective disdain for the unfocused effect.

In magical shots, the corners and sides of the screen appear to have been smeared with vaseline, warping the perspective.

Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has received widespread praise, but what’s with that camera blur?

While it’s an excellent way to tell viewers that reality itself is shifting before their eyes, it’s also a great way to give them a headache.

“Love the story so far, but the blurry sides and camera work are distracting,” wrote one fan on r/Netflix. “I’m constantly taken out of the show because I keep wishing for a clear picture.”

In certain shots, one wouldn’t be crazy to think that it’s a streaming data issue.

“I’m glad I’m not alone I thought my Netflix was messed up. I’ve been trying to fix it all last night,” one added.

“I wish I had jumped to that conclussion[sic],” replied another. “Instead I started to panic thinking I needed glasses before I realized it was the show.”

Another thread, titled “Sabrina blurry effect..?” echoes the sentiment.

“Anyone else find this a really poor choice stylistically? It drives me crazy. It’s like a shitty instagram filter. It’s a good show otherwise but the out of focus stuff is driving me nuts. It’s like trying to take a picture with your phone but it won’t focus,” the initial post read.

Thankfully, the effect does feature less as the show progresses, but remember if you haven’t yet begun you binge: your router, eyes, and TV screen are probably all fine.

Feature image: Netflix

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  • TomWitwicky

    You, God Friend Me, this art cancer is spreading

  • I am just in episode 2, and the blurring is excessive. I think in episode 1 it was less prominent, but it still inflicted me with a headache and an eye-ache. Ep 2 is way worse though. I also wear glasses and I think this makes it even worse. It’s as if my eyes struggle to focus on the picture, but they can’t due to the blur.
    This is what causes the headache and eye-ache. Whoever thought this was a good idea -presumably the showrunner- was either very stupid or has a flawless eyesight and decided on it himself.

  • mavfan1

    I’m a photographer, with only the need for reading glasses, and really enjoy the look. However, I also like those messes of color that you stare at until an image appears.

  • McM.

    I think the camera “blur” is a nice stylistic choice. It’s takes getting use to, and you eventually do. It achieves a focus that manages to not completely separate the subject from the environment as with most shallow depth of field. Like someone is filming with a Helios 44 with the purpose of taking the audience slightly out of reality. Fitting for the show.

    Perhaps the blur will decrease as the writers feel enough events have transpired that viewers become used to the rules of the world. As it become normal we may begin to see it normally. Though I’m at the start of my binge so maybe the lens through which we view that world will remain the same.

  • Ale ®

    I love that effect. It seems like a focus tilt shift and really appropriate for the magic momen t of the show. It was a DOP choiche so respect it please!

  • EMME

    So the DOPs are always god and we can’t discuss their choices?

  • Ale ®

    Sure, you can discuss them, agree or disagree with them. But there are people asking to remove those shoot and re-upload that scenes without the effect. And this, in my opinion is simple stupid :)

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