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Monday
Jan142013

Pulling Beyond Reality

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.

Monday
Dec172012

National Parks Adventure

This is the final piece in the National Parks work I've done for Camp4. The footage looked great but lacked the intensity it needed. With DaVinci's powerful selection and tracking tools I was able to create shadows that draw you in more than you could ever control on location. 

As you click back and forth through these stills you'll get an idea of what I'm talking about.

 

Thursday
Dec062012

National Parks Service 

These are testimonials by top outdoor professionals outlining what they love about their favorite national parks. The projects are part of a campaign by the NPS to build interest in these great treasures as well as reveal the variety of experiences available to park visitors. 

The photography in each of these is phenominal. The still frames don't do it justice. I have before and after stills for Denali, but for the others you can simply click through to see the finished product until the finished videos are available online. 

DENALI

 

DEVIL'S TOWER 

 

TETONS

 

YOSEMITE

 

DEVIL'S TOWER RANGERS

 

Friday
Nov162012

Dr. Fubalous

Here are the last three episodes of Dr. Fubalous! Starring Flavor Flav, Danny Trejo, Steve Brethers, Donnivin Jordan, Glozelle Green, Jon Gries,  Colleen Ballinger, Antoine Dodson, and Lindsey Stirling among others. This series was shot by Munn Powell!

Episode 5 The Day Before The End

 

 

 

 Episode 6 No One Escapes Death

 

Episode 7 Epilogue

produced by Hip Hop Doc LLC.

Friday
Nov162012

North Face Outdoor Loop

Camp 4 produced this excellent peice of work for The North Face. It features a lot of product shots so color matching was really important, but also the thing I really enjoy doing with their footage is relighting the mountain ranges. They capture some beautiful images of the most amazing places in the world. The chance to polish these kinds of shots is really a privelidge.

here's before and after stills!

 

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