I've noticed that Data's eyes got more yellow in Insurrection than they were in the series, or the other movies. Is there a reason for the darker shade in color?

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    Or it just looks more yellow in those particular photos. Colour reproduction, and colour in general, is super-complex: see XKCD and A Smart Bear. Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 14:29
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    He's a Sith Lord?
    – RichS
    Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 15:01
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    Assuming for the sake of argument that the premise is correct, the out-of-universe intent might have been to make him look more threatening during the "rogue android" scenes. In-universe one might suppose that the same attack that caused Data's malfunction also changed the colour of his eyes. Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 22:18
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    I'm going to guess it's the difference of movie quality equipment and film stock versus TV quality. You'll notice that in the movies, the gold color they always used for Brent Spiner's makeup also looks more actually like the pale gold they used than the footage in the TV show, which made it look like it was plain white. But it was definitely always the same gold color in reality.
    – Kai
    Commented Apr 25, 2018 at 1:08
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    Wait! Why did his hairline get higher and his forehead and neck get wrinklier?? Commented Dec 10, 2018 at 16:08

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In this image from the same movie Data's eyes look more like they did during the TNG television series.

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I would conclude that where they look more yellow it is simply a result of the lighting in the scene and different film/cinematography/post-processing in the movie. The movies in general have a different look to a typical TNG episode.

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    I agree. The Films tended to "dress up" things a little more elegantly than the tv series did. You have a single "mega-episode" with a higher budget vs a smaller hour-long episode with the budget a tv series would have. Thus that equals: nicer clothing, nicer props, nicer make-up jobs, nicer sets, nicer effects, etc. Commented Dec 10, 2018 at 17:17

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