Directed by A. Todd Smith
Here are some of my favorite before and after stills from the project. I've also created a short grade breakdown below. The grade needed to add drama and gravity to the footage. I referenced stills pulled from the movie 300 to try and build contrast and tension. The shadows were pretty crushed. In a few cases like with the dark hair of the maiden clapping at the tree and the dark furs on the giant's shoulders, I needed to track some selections to lift the detail back into the shots.
Image #4 is very very blue as a result of being shot so late in the evening. They're riding the very last ounces of light in that shot and hopes weren't too high that I could get much out of it. So I tried to warm it up, but it just wasn't working as well as I'd have liked. A lot of times you can resurrect data that looks lost in a shot, but low light situations are trouble because there just isn't anything hitting the sensor. So you can brighten it, you can warm it, but it stays colorcast and it doesn't retain the contrast information you need. The only way to get it to work is by selecting specific elements of the frame, tracking them to the image, and building it up artificially. Numbers 18 and 19 are also a good example of building up color and contrast artificailly.