Movies are magic to me.
The way I think about grading comes from masking adjustment layers in photoshop for the last few years. I'm not very technical. I don't feel like I'm into the numbers enough. I've tried to field questions I get about equipment and "how fast" certain configurations might be. I read a lot and try to keep up on things, but that's not why I'm in this. There are a lot of people that understand data handling and the technology a lot better than me. I'm not sure why I've been so fortunate to get to do this for a living or work on the things I've worked on. But I love that I get to because there's something to it that always excites me when I nail a shot. Theres a trillion different ways you could nudge the color and light around, but for whatever reason its that particular combination that just hits right and you know its finished! There's nothing else to do to it accept capture that look through the rest of the scene.
And then there's all the work that's gone into it beforehand to make it so that one particular moment in time is there in front of me! I guess I'm inadequate at putting it in the right words so it'll make sense. Here are a few before and after stills that detail the transformation I'm referring to.
I love this one from the Fruit Ninja video.
This is still one of my favorites!
This is an old project from winter 2011. I ran across the stills and remembered how excited I was with some of the things that were now possible with Davinci Resolve. All my work prior to this was in FCP7, color, and Photoshop. Its not perfect but I thought it worth sharing and ended up putting this post together. There were mountains in the far background behind the trees in full sun that needed balancing. I evened things out and brought back a lot of the detail from the shadows in the foreground.
The shade keeps colors less vibrant than they ought to be for this look.