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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. 

 

Wednesday
Mar252015

VooRay - Camsur Philippines

Finished June 4th, 2014

There's some good examples in this one of hue bending GoPro footage underwater to get better skintones and more vibrance overall.

Before and After Stills

Tuesday
Jul302013

Splinter Cell Blacklist

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 From Scott Winn, Christian Busath and a whole bunch of other really talented people you can see in the behind the scenes video, comes this little project that was just a kick to work on. 
I'll start with these exterior shots because relighting wide exterior shots is one of my favorite grades to build. The guys at CineChopper captured some beautiful stuff on this project. The first one here features our man, Sam Fisher walking up the middle of a bombed out village in Eastern Europe somewhere. It's evening and the sun is coming in at a good angle. I used a lot of tracked windows and selections to pump the focus toward Sam. There's also a selection on the bottom edge of the horizon only effecting the sky that brightens it up drawing your eye out into the distance. I've used the same technique to draw your eye out and across the shot in these others to get the focus out there on the horizon, watching for what's coming. As you click through these stills you'll see what I'm talking about.
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There was some archival footage of the presidents being sworn in that needed a little adjustment to get the VHS tone consistent. But playing some of the other archival shots plain Jane just wasn't working. They needed some drama. So I pushed them to night.
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The first close up shots of Sam Fisher needed to feel dangerous. To create the look I pulled out what little warmth was in the shot, and tracked windows to his face relighting it subtly to let one side if his face fall into shadow. There's even a small highlight to pump up the glint in his left eye. 
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The opening shot was feeling a little too blue and black in my first grade. In all the reference images there was some contrasting color in the lights. So I went back in and added some yellow to the florescents to give it a less monochromatic feel. The final shot was this interrogation shot with fairly even lighting. I brought the light forward in the room and made it more sourcey to increase the dramatic feel, but also to get your attention over on them so his fall would be more jarring. There's a few windows there and some big shifts in the color to get it matching everything else. 
These last bunch of stills include the explosion which was shot simultaneously on a few different camera systems. Each type of sensor responds differently to what's in front of it. I believe this sequence of shots come from the Red Epic, Canon 5D mark iii, and the Phantom which always captures more green in the highlights than the others. To match them, I had to go in and isolate the highlights inside the blast and tilt them back so it wouldn't feel like each shot was from a different take or a different explosion.
 My mission with the rest of the shots in the sequence was to create a consistent cinematic look that would create a feeling of anticipation. 
Friday
Mar222013

Russian Vs Snowman 

Gotta say I'm always excited to see what's goin on in Scott's videos, but this one went above and beyond my expectations. This one needed to feel cold and middle-of-nowhereish. I went with a little more amber tone to the highlights to balance things out and was pretty happy with the results. I think I was inspired by DeLorean shots from Macklemore's Thrift Shop. These aren't nearly as green but I think that's where the idea for something less blue came from. 

Here's a ton of before and after shots because I was fascinated by the transformation. Hope you'll check em out. This was shot on a mix of Phantom, Red, Canon, and Gopro cameras. All of those profiles are extremely different and sometimes can take a lot of work to get matching. So while the video seems random and coincidental not a minute of it is. That's the magic of it all I guess. Enjoy.

 

followed up by this!

Wednesday
Feb272013

New Reel

I want to first thank all my clients for the great material they bring me. I love what I do, but its the caliber of photography that lets my work shine. Over the past year I've been developing some new techniques that really pull the audience in. There are several I've already been using but I wanted to push just a little further since I really believe layering subtle changes is key. So after long hours of considering and trimming and deleting, I finally got together my very favorite shots of the year in a watchable format. I still think I want to do a long version because so many things got cut. 

I love color transformation. Please contact me if you think I might be able to help you with a project!