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Monday
May142012

The Color Run

You'll notice in the before and after shots below how many times the sky was not blue when I started. Changing the weather is challenging enough as a colorist but when you add in clouds of colored chalk pitching back and forth across the sky, it introduces a whole new set of problems. There are lots of different ways to tilt an overcast sky. The simple route is to select it and push everything to blue. But when the sky is white and the balloons are white like in one of the shots, you've got to play with how far to push before it gets really really noticeable. Honestly the biggest thing you're doing when changing wheather is working as many corrections as it takes to cover your tracks and make it as natural as you can without drawing attention. 

It doesn't always work as well as you'd like it to. Often you end up pulling it back farther than youd like to keep edges clean, but overall it turned out well and gave it the vibe it needed. Enjoy.

 

Friday
May042012

Entrada 

Most of my recent work has been on projects yet to be released, but in the meantime here's some work you can see. I did the color grading as well as the fire, sparks, and smoke for the indoor welding shots on both of these.

The Ads are now live and can be viewed on the Entrada website.

Tuesday
Apr032012

Mr. Bellpond's Masterpiece wins 2 Student Emmys!

Hi folks! 

It's always thrilling to do great work. Bellpond was only my second project in DaVinci Resolve. It was exciting for me because it would be an opportunity for me to really take some artistic liscense with the images.

The director, A. Todd Smith contacted me early describing the look he wanted with some samples from films like Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "A Very Long Engagement" which uses color in specifically stylized ways to excentuate the production design and build on the emotional performance.

Color is usually imperceptable. Like great sound work, it ties together the constructedness of a film- the clips and lighting, and varous moments that all come together to make this cohesive fictional moment the audience buys as playing out presently before them. It should be invisible... yet it can profoundly influence the emotional beats in the story. That made it both the challenge and the joy of working on this film

Here's a BYU News report on it!

Wednesday
Feb292012

Josh and Keri's Engagement Photos

 

 

I had the chance to borrow some L-series glass from my friend Devin Graham. If you haven't seen his rope swing video you should:

The amazing thing about DSLR's is the difference a lens makes. Its basically like grabbing a whole new camera. My kit lens that came with my 7D is the same lens that went through the accident with me. When I mention the accident I'm talking about this one:

 

I barely made it out of that one. My camera was in the fiberglass reinforced bowling case I built for it:

It did a good job of holding up through the roll over. Only the zipper had to be replaced. My camera seemed to be fine, but ever since then the lens has had some image stabilization issues and sometimes the zoom and focus lock up. Kinda dumb, but the chance to borrow some real glass was a wonderful experience. We hurried around Provo from about 4 in the afternoon to sundown an hour and a half later. 

Working on a wacom tablet makes photo grading so astronomically better than anything I've ever done with a mouse. I'm in love, but so are these two. Hopefully I've captured their essence a little bit. Lots of fun. Here are some before and after pictures to show off the might and power of adjustment layers.

 


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