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Wednesday
Nov092016

David Archuleta - Nunca Pense'

November 2014 

Kaleidescope Pictures

This was a real challenge. Some of the actors needed to be in black and white sepia tones to show they were ancestors. To create the effect I used the Key Mixer and a complex node tree to isolate certain parts of the frame and get individual frame by frame rotoscoped control so that the overlapping selections would line up and apply my "sepia grade" to the entire individual wherever they moved and to match to the movement of the camera which as you'll see is entirely handheld. The hardest part to make work was the drumming hands in some shots. With fast blurred movement like that the selection has to be feathered so that just enough of the edge is sepia without the visible background haloing sepia too much. Contract the selection too far and the color in thier fingers shows. So it was complicated and tedious, but it worked better than I expected I could make it work. 

Thursday
Nov152012

Downton Abbey Jane Austen is My Homegirl Rap

To create the Downton Abbey look I compared the footage with stills from the actual show. Production design helped a lot on this. One of the main things to watch for when trying to match a certain look is to watch skin tones. Sometimes you can't get a real idea of the tone in a space if you don't have enough angles represented in the sample stills. But recognizing the look through how skin tones are being handled always works.
click through the before and after stills!
Wednesday
Jul252012

Fubalous 4: Training Day

This episode was another fun one! The training shots of Flavor Flav and Donnivin Jordan outside called for a high contrast feel. It needed to feel hot, hostile, and epic. One of the ways I accomplish this kind of look is by dialing in a global selection over the whole frame to grab a feathered off portion of just the very bottom of the shadows and another node dialed to just the top of the highlights to punch up the separation and contrast. It allows you to relight the image to excentuate depth and detail. Its a unique look that owes itself to the powerful DaVinci platform. Haven't had this much control since working with stills in Photoshop.