Entries in color grading (43)
April 29th 2014
The tilt-shift effect I pulled on the train shot in this was a pretty interesting process. There's more going on than just the blur. I've filled in some haze at the top end, and then some contouring to the shadows next to the tracks to add depth. As you click through the before and afters you can see the luminance work that's been done.
Here are a few before and after stills you can click through to see the results.
The main shot in this short film is an extended take of the sun rising over Mt. Everest. The quality, color, and intensity of light is in a slow, continous change throughout. So I used a pile of windows and keyframes to control the ways that light and color spread throughout the shot. This video breakdown helps to explain how I got it there.
Special thanks to Scott Winn and Brendon Bytheway along with Christian Busath, Kevin Winzeler and Vanilla Bikes, A. Todd Smith and all the great artists on his crew, Fullscreen, Devin Graham and his crew, Cameron Manwaring, Derek Pueblo, Gavin Bentley, Jordan Harker and Joey Daniel at Robogo, Anthony Peirce and Una Jo Blade, Ralphie May, CR England and the Utes, Uri Westrich and The Maccabeats, David Carillo and the team at Magnetic Creative, as well as every other artist, tecnician, operator, performer and crew member that did such stellar work to bring these things to life, and last but not least my brothers Joel and Aaron for their feedback on my work all along the way and in the compilation and composition of this reel.
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.