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Tuesday
Mar082016

A Trip to Unicorn Island

Scott Winn

Dec 2015

This was an exciting project to be a part of. Some behind the scenes of the Red Carpet Premiere can be seen here:

One of the challenges to documentary filming verses controlled production is the wilderness it has to be shot in. Compared with the changes in lighting to be dealt with in a regular project, documentary has thousands of different room tones and locations to match. Every space, outdoor, indoor, in cars, on stage, in hallways, all require their own consistency. The raw clips from the cameras come in with all their own flavoring. My job is to tie all that together so the audience's eyes travel smoothly over every cut. That variety is sometimes difficult to piece together. It's a long process comparing clips from the same locations at different points in the timeline to unlock the look of each space. Some cameras have a tendancy to take skin tones very yellow or green so there's that to contend with as well. Alltogether, I'm very proud of what I was able to pull off, and more than that, grateful that I got to be included in this. 

Here are some before and after clips from the film with some commentary on the process. Not sure how I feel about my voice over, but it'll have to do. Time is pretty limited. I haven't had a chance to write a post like this in a while. 

Mostly I really wanted to write a few words about this project because it was such a huge endeavor for everyone involved, and such a great success. I'm glad I could be part of the process. 

 

Friday
Jan172014

5K Foam Fest 2014

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.

Tuesday
Nov132012

Slip n Slide Launch 1000fps

This project mixed footage from the Phantom and Photron fast cams, The Red Epic, Canon 5D, GoPro, and I think there's some Iphone in there as well. The biggest problem was matching some of the smaller cameras. A few shots were really yellow. To get the skin tones closer I had to do some selective channel shifting. I was pretty happy with the results! I dind't think I could get those pulled that far. You can see before and after examples below the video.
click through the stills!