Color Grading: Exploration, Temperature and Contrast

W(A/O)NDERING Filmmaking

Colorists tend to approach the task of correction and grading through multiple passes. When mixing light, I start with the more surgical aspects of the correction before going through a series of artistic manipulations (color equalisation, relighting, isolations, looks,…) Every project brings a new set of challenges and a new set of directions and possibilities. I enjoy  the discovery stage the most. After understanding the emotions, story and motivations, I select a few keys shots from the various scenes and play; build a few versions before committing to a look. (Even when given a clear artistic direction, I like to offer alternatives I think might be worth exploring)

The few example below are built using a frame from Interdiction, a short film produced by Erimus Productions (also see their Facebook and Twitter feeds) (these ex-students will quickly surpass the ‘old’ master)

FLAT

In the simplest interpretation, the grade will either be…

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