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Wednesday
Feb152017

Nathan Pacheco - Forever

February 2017

This was shot by Wesley Johnson on the Arri Alexa. I first worked with him a couple years back on another project, but I recall this discussion we had during one of those sessions, on the difficulty of brown. Defining it I mean. As a colorist I can shift things around pretty freely. So brown is kind of etherial. What makes something brown and not yellow or green or red? It's kind of the perfect blend of all those, but when you hit it, it's got this richness to it. 

The conversation's stuck with me because I guess I spend a lot of time agonizing over the shadow tones in most projects I color. The cardinal sin is too much magenta. Not completely sure why, but that's generally an easy place fot tones to shift. So acheiving this brown tone on projects where it's needed has been a personal challenge of mine for the past few years. It feels good to nail one down for the DP who originally influenced me on the subject.  

 

Wednesday
Nov092016

David Archuleta - Nunca Pense'

November 2014 

Kaleidescope Pictures

This was a real challenge. Some of the actors needed to be in black and white sepia tones to show they were ancestors. To create the effect I used the Key Mixer and a complex node tree to isolate certain parts of the frame and get individual frame by frame rotoscoped control so that the overlapping selections would line up and apply my "sepia grade" to the entire individual wherever they moved and to match to the movement of the camera which as you'll see is entirely handheld. The hardest part to make work was the drumming hands in some shots. With fast blurred movement like that the selection has to be feathered so that just enough of the edge is sepia without the visible background haloing sepia too much. Contract the selection too far and the color in thier fingers shows. So it was complicated and tedious, but it worked better than I expected I could make it work. 

Tuesday
Jul192016

Fanta Theater spot

July 2016

Scott Winn

Tuesday
Jun142016

America First Credit Union Zombie Ads

February 2016 - America First Credit Union

Mark Fletcher

Mighty Clever

Here's the ad itself.

and here's another one I did in February of 2015.

Thursday
May262016

Tuning up 360 degree video

This is part of a series from Camp 4 Collective. 360 video is a whole different animal to grade. Planning a workflow that will maintain the correct aspect and get everything back to its pixel for pixel location is thicker than I thought it'd be. You have to copy and paste each shot to double them up in the timeline, then reposition each doubled clip to see how the left and right edges are matching. Then you have to work from only one side at a time and any changes you make to one must be copied, pasted, and repositioned back to the right or left to continue adding new nodes to the "working" clip. It's thick. I've been learning a lot from these though and I wanted to at least show some of the kinds of things I've had to do to make a project like this match. It's one thing to match picture from camera to camera at a cut. It's something else completely to match 16 cameras together in the same composition. And on this particular rig every camera has to ride on auto settings so once you lock that down, it changes. Lots of keyframing. It's giving me superpowers though when it comes to going back to traditional framed composition cutting from one clip to another.