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  1. Hey everyone, This might be a question that exposes my ignorance, but recently I was asked if I could grade a 30 minute documentary for someone. I happen to do a lot of color correction for my job as well as just for fun when I want to mess around in Resolve, so I was confident that I could do what the director was asking for (she said she wants it to look true to life, so mostly just primary corrections it sounds like). Then she told me that the footage was V-Log 4K shot on the Panasonic EVA1 and asked if I have a 4K monitor, which I don't. What I do have is an IPS 1920x1200 monitor, specifically a ProArt ASUS PA248Q, and a ColorMunki. I have graded C100, FS5ii, GH4, and even downscaled RED footage on this monitor with good results, but because she specifically asked if my monitor is 4K, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe my monitor wouldn't be accurate enough for her project. As far as I know, the only problems I would have are judging sharpness and noise, but as far as color goes it should be fairly accurate regardless of my monitor's resolution as long as I calibrate properly, right? Or is there something I'm missing here? I'd love to help with her project, but I also don't want to waste her time. What do you guys think?
  2. The free 'Colour On Stage' seminar hosted by FilmLight will include two days of live presentations that look at the interaction between colourists, directors, DPs and DITs. To view the programme and register to a session: https://www.colouronstage.com
  3. I apologize in advance for this post being so long. Screenshots of the color grade and video links are at the bottom of the post. --- A few years ago, I ran across a Vimeo, under the name Organik Cineworks. They are a Hungarian couple that creates wedding videos. I saw one of their videos, and loved their editing style, so I followed them. Now, I am obsessed with their color grading. Let me just say, they are SO difficult to get in contact with, because a) They're Hungarian, and b) They probably don't have time to answer someone's questions about their grading. HOWEVER, after emailing and messaging them through their social medias, I finally got a response. To summarize, the couple said this: We grade using LUTs in Lumetri, Premiere Pro, but cannot say which LUTs we are using. We have different presets of a LUT to fit different lighting conditions. I then said that I understood, and asked if they could forward me the scopes from one of their videos. The scopes I received are also at the bottom of this post. I changed the subject and asked about the settings they use on their a6300. I have the same set-up as them: All of our films were captured using the a6300. We shoot in PP6 Cine 4, and find it to be just as beautiful as S-log without the need of constant high ISO. We do not use noise reduction in post. Finally, I decided to shoot my shot once more and inquire about the LUTs they use, because I literally. cannot. find. them. anywhere. I had searched for hours, so I started to wonder if they were specifically "wedding LUTs", or maybe they were LUTs not available online for purchase, and Organik Cineworks made the LUTs themselves. I also found similar ones to theirs (White in Revery and Kreativ wedding LUTs), so I asked if I was on the right track. Here's the response I received: White in Revery and Kreativ LUTs are indeed similar to the ones we use 😉 Yes, it's a wedding LUT that wasn't made by us, but we really can't say more than that. I left it at that, and really didn't want to bother them anymore. I then went into Premiere Pro and tried my hardest to replicate it myself. The result is something that reminds me of their crushed blacks, desaturated greens, white highlights, and general warm, earthy vibe, but isn't exactly IT. I am a huge perfectionist, and cannot accept the fact that it isn't just like theirs. Here is a screenshot from my attempt: https://imgur.com/a/UqWA1qH I ended up using Kreativ's "Osmara" LUT as a base, and made some minor tweaks. Below are the scopes they sent me and the screenshots of the grading. If you would like to watch the videos instead, here are the links to a few of their recent ones where the grading is consistent: VIDEO LINKS https://vimeo.com/311253998 https://vimeo.com/293844993 https://vimeo.com/294623662 SCOPES https://imgur.com/a/05SW8W5 SCREENSHOTS Here is a link to my Imgur album with all screenshots. --- Please let me know if you recognize these colors and know what LUTs they're using. I get roasted every time I post this on Reddit. Those commenting say these colors are very generic and can be found in nearly any LUT pack. I disagree. I've never seen this exact grading style before. I normally see the generic orange-teal, while this is more of a brown and desaturated green. I know a LUT is simply a base for grading mostly log footage, and of course can be tweaked. I also realize that just because I may find out the name of the LUT they use, doesn't mean I will achieve the exact look their videos have. There are many other factors to take into account. However, I genuinely am curious to know where they're getting these beautiful colors from at this point, and have been wracking my brain combing through LUTs online. I'm not trying to copy them, as I rarely do wedding videos and have my own film style myself. I just would like to post and see if anyone recognizes this LUT. Thanks 🙂
  4. Save the date... NAB2019 Colour Day. Monday 8 April. Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel Leading colourists will present their individual journeys in colour, as well as the creative tips they have honed over successful careers – all live on Baselight. The colourist lineup includes… Doug Delaney from Technicolor, who recently graded Captain Marvel, Andrea Chlebak and Laura Jans Fazio of Deluxe, and Oxido’s Fernando Medellin, who will explain his grading approach on high-end beauty commercials and his work on the upcoming HDR Netflix show Monarca. They'll be joined by FilmLight colour experts Daniele Siragusano and Andy Minuth. This intensive day of live presentations and practical discussions is designed to guide colourists, DoPs and the wider production and post industry through the opportunities and challenges of modern colour pipelines, via demonstrations of the exceptional colour management and finishing toolset in the latest version of FilmLight’s colour grading system, Baselight v5. Full details will be available soon. Pre-register now for early access to booking – just fill out the form to the right: https://www.filmlight.ltd.uk/news/events/20190408_nab.php
  5. Hello everyone, If this has been covered in a previous post please link, I was unable to find much on a few cursory searches. I am requesting advice or suggestions for a good lab who I can send Super 8 cartridges to for processing, telecine, and most importantly good quality post and colour grading. I am based in the UK (London). Normally I rely on someone local who hand-process the film and does all the post for me. I have always been very happy with his work, but I'm interested to see what kind of results I can get from a 'lab'. I am aware of Andec in Berlin ( andecfilm.de ) and the S8 Reversal Lab in the Netherlands ( super8.nl ). Though I have no experience with their service or even if they provide a Grading/Post service. Anyway, I am requesting suggestions, based on experience, of good labs. I'm happy to ship internationally NY, LA etc. for good results. Ideally it would stay EU though. Keep in mind, I am not seeking cinematic quality, for me the decision to use Super8 has always been a point a shoot, in camera, portable film format, so I am not seeking perfection. My main concern is over levels of noise and uneven exposures which I feel might be remedied with a higher quality transfer and greater attention to detail in the grading process (never mind my lack of attention to these details during the filming). I sincerely appreciate your advice, suggestions and shared knowledge. All the best
  6. Bleach bypass is one of those processing strategies that seems to be loved by every generation of filmmakers, but I'm wondering what it can be used for beyond making the audience feel a character's sadness and/or fear? What unexpected emotions can it be used to convey—what reaction can it evoke from the audience? How have you used it to create other moods? Would there be a humorous use of bleach bypass? And finally, is it best used for the whole picture or is it more effective when used in just a few scenes?
  7. Hey everyone, I recently have been attempting to understand ACES. Currently, I am using C-LOG footage from a C100 mk II, but I've noticed that the IDT for C100 C-Log isn't listed in the Resolve project settings. I've found a CTL file for this (presumably) on Canon's website, but I have no idea how to install that in the program, and the more I try to delve into ACES the more complicated everything seems to be. Does anyone have advice for this? Thanks!
  8. Hi everyone, I'm writing a piece on the history of colour correction/grading through the ages and was wondering if any of you have been in the business long enough to have first hand experience of grading with film before it went digital? If any of you have any information about who to talk to or know of anywhere that still processes film (preferably in London), please let me know!
  9. I recently purchased a color chart to use while grading and am curious about how to treat middle grey. Intuition would tell me to place it around 50% on the waveform, and articles I've seen on the subject say 45%. However, I know that different cameras record middle grey differently, for example, C-LOG places middle grey at 32% IRE. I haven't been able to really test it with the C100 I use at work yet, but I'm curious, when grading a C-LOG image, should I correct middle grey to 45-50% IRE, or should I leave it at 32% IRE, and just adjust my highlights and shadows accordingly? Thanks.
  10. Hey guys, I’ve a question on Davinci and the way its waveform deals with the blacks. I’m grading a project aimed for the big screen, I set my level to data (and data level also for export), did all my grading, but notice the blacks stay around 128 on my waveform and when I try to lower them and crush them toward 0 the picture just get way too dark. I don’t have any broadcast safe line active and such things. Is that due to the fact my computer display in 8bits? so the moment I try to lower the blacks, I just get super blacks? So if I export this graded version and play it on my computer, it looks all good, with nice blacks and all, but my question is: what happen when the film is screened to a festival, is the screen 10bit? for which my black all of a sudden will be milky? I read a lot about this topic but everyone has different opinion as for the workflow to follow and so on, I’d be more than happy if anyone gives me some insight on the matter :) Thank you! (I attched a a screenshot just so you understand what I’m talking about)
  11. Hello, I'm trying to understand color in a more professional way. I'm a Cinematographer and not a Colorist but I enjoy color grading and I've done it for several year. (not paid) I am working on a big documentary and I was hoping to get some feed back on the look I pulled off. I got this look by converting my BMDfilm to LOG-C then applying the Arri LOG-C to REC709 LUT and used a reference image I liked from a feature film to fine tune the color and contrast. I think maybe I went too far... I don't want the Instagram look or candy pop look, I truly just wanted a look that was close to natural but a little better. Natural with an edge! Please let me know your thought I'd really appreciate it. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5wBk9P7iZUMcWRiWXBya3FZYUk Sincerely, Davi
  12. Struggling to find any information online about grading a 16mm black and white transfer. I have done grading work but would love some tips on grading 16mm transfer specifically black and white. Any resources would be appreciated.
  13. Post Control and FilmLight invite you to a new workshop on look development and colour space management with Prelight. This workshop will start at 6pm, and will cover: Presentation and Q&A on colour space management with FilmLight's Thomas Eberschveiler. Demonstration of Prelight, plus live exchange of looks/BLG grades between Prelight and Baselight, with Pentti Keskimäki, Colourist F.S.C. at Post Control. Pentti will also show his favourite tools in the colour grading system - including some of the new features the upcoming Baselight 5.0 release. Entry to this event is free but you must register. For more information, and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/look-d...nesday-29-march-2017-registration-32438879562
  14. Dit, the proffesion | Camaleon Cinema Services Camaleon Rental blog we are going to speak about the role of a DIT. The first question is to define what a DIT is as well as determine if this position belongs to the camera crew or to the postproduction crew. The answer would be that he is kind of a liaison between both department, even though if we have to make a choice we would say that he is part of the camera department since he works on set. The DIT profession (technical image technician), arrives with the appearance of the first high definition cameras and then with the digital cinema cameras. At this point we should remember that when these cameras arrived both directors of photography and assistant cameramen came from working for many years with film cameras. So after the arrival of such new and different gear, it was necessary the inclusion of a new figure to the camera crew in order to advise the DoP on how to squeeze... More info here.
  15. My plan is to shoot in Slog3 for my short film. I'd like to use a creative lut to help me grade it but I've gotten confused. I know about rec709 being the broadcast standard, but what about for the web? Websites like Vimeo and Youtube? What happens when you apply a creative lut and leave it as it. Will what ever you are displaying it on correct it? Maybe I'm going about this the wrong way because I don't understand it at all lol. I never had to deal with this considering this is my first time using Slog. Apply a rec709 LUT first and grade manually vs adding a creative LUT and correcting it hmmm.
  16. Learn some great grading techniques by The Mill's senior colorist Damien Van Der Cruyssen. He's incredible talented, and in this Lowepost article he talks about his work on the 'Encounter' spot by Calvin Klein. Damien is specialized in setting distinctive looks for luxury brands, and is also well versed in long-form grading.
  17. Is it even possible to achieve a decent result when color grading non RAW footage. Is it a common thing to do to color grade non RAW footage? How much of what I see at the cinema is shot RAW?
  18. It seems like all the color grading information out there is about how to make footage look dark and dramatic but I'm currently working on a comedy that could use its own touch of color timing magic. So, how does one go about grading a happy, lively story? What are the basic timing decisions? Common sense tells me that I would want to stick to the characteristic contrast curve and keep the midtowns meaty, but where do I go from there? Is there a highlight color that I should introduce? Do I want to do anything with my shadows? Skin tones? Or do comedies suffer when subjected to a grade? Thanks
  19. Hello! I was wondering if any of you could tell me how do you think the colours of Woody Allen’s films Midnight in Paris and To Rome with Love were achieved in postproduction? How would you define the look and the colours? I'm particularly interested in what you think was tweaked, if there is anything that you recognize that might have been fiddled with right away. Here are some Web pages with screenshots from the films: http://www.thecinetourist.net/an-american-tourist-in-paris.html http://thecinescapader.blogspot.com/2014/11/visiting-filming-locations-of-to-rome.html http://movie-tourist.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/midnight-in-paris-2011.html http://movie-tourist.blogspot.com/2013/01/to-rome-with-love-2012.html http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews55/midnight_in_paris_blu-ray.htm http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_58/to_rome_with_love_blu-ray.htm http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Midnight-in-Paris-Blu-ray/26512/#Screenshots http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/To-Rome-with-Love-Blu-ray/58388/#Screenshots Have in mind that the Movie Tourist screenshots look different than the films themselves.
  20. I recently enjoyed watching HUMAN by The Movie by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and was struck by the diverse locations as well as the diverse yet strange unified lighting theme. Using a dark (black) background Bertrand has literally focused all our attention onto the face of the moment. With mostly natural, frontal (sometimes toppish) lighting, which is virtually shadowless, every pore, freckle, line and emotion is bared front and center for us to soak in. Does anyone have any thoughts on the why, how and what on this? Has anyone tried to recreate this? All Images © HUMAN by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. All Rights Reserved. Source: http://www.human-themovie.org/
  21. Hey Graders, hopefully you can help me out with my dilemma. I recently started grading work for a commercial that used a beauty filter for all the setups except one. I believe they used a Tiffen Glimmergas 1/4 filter, with CP2s on a Dragon. I find that the non-filtered image has a "distinct" video feel to it, any suggestions on matching? Cheers!
  22. Hey there, I'm unsure where to start, so I'm just going to say it all. I have a feature which was graded in FCPX using both a macbook pro and a calibrated monitor. Because most people initially watching the film were going to do so on their computers, we thought it best to find a middle ground for exposure and color so that it could be played on a computer, television or in a theater. Now that the film has been accepted to play publicly, we've been told that the blu-rays will be authored by an outside company for exhibition. That company mentioned that each film should have been graded on a monitor, calibrated using SMPTE PLUGe bars, as that is how the projector has been calibrated. Those bars are essentially all one shade of black on a macbook, so now I'm concerned that once projected, my blacks may look lighter than originally intended. What confuses me is that I have tested out my own blu-ray on a few different televisions, and the contrast and color looks good. When projected, could it really be vastly different? Should I re-grade another version specifically for projection exhibtion? And if so, does that mean I would need to bring down all my blacks? We used the scopes and everything is on the line, nothing crushed. And if that's the case, are studios grading several versions for broadcast and streaming? I know it's quite a bit to digest. Any thoughts would be welcomed! Go easy on me, I'm still learning. Thanks so much!
  23. Hi All, I've noticing on my dailies for recent projects that I am underexposing skin tones. It is mostly intentional as I just find "balanced" shots quite ugly and digital looking - less so on the Dragon and Alexa, most significantly on the C300. I end up putting skin tones around 30% IRE and highlights (say 90% IRE) at about 60% IRE. These projects have all been narratives obviously as I wouldn't be able to get away with this in commercials. I'm wondering if any one else has experienced this with highlights. I'd rather not underexpose as it can make things tough in the grade, but I just find that I prefer everything lower. Khalil
  24. Hello! I have just finished a final cut of my new movie and would to color grade it. I heard something about buying a specialised video card for precise video playback (in terms of color reproduction). I found Blackmagic Shuttle as a relatively cheap (200$) option but I am not sure if it will do the trick? Also, one of my colleagues who knows about grading more than myself told me that I should be connecting Blackmagic shuttle to the minitor via S-Video out, not DVI or HDMI as they are not able to reproduce the colours precisely. Do you guys have any suggestions in whether which connection type should I choose for the best color precision? My movie was shot on a Mark III, H.264 in Full HD. I will rent a JVC Broadcast monitor for my Color grading work.
  25. Hey guys, I am not a cinematographer, Im just curious about it. I've noticed in behind the scenes footage that a scene will look so lit up, but then after post the shot is dark with shadows and back lighting, beautifully lit. I have an intuitive theory why...Makes it easier to tune the exposure, shadow detail, highlights etc...Gives the color grader everything he needs to make the shot look awesome. And its done by calculating the power of each light relative to each other. But this could be completely wrong ha. Anyway, please educate me, I would appreciate it. btw, can anyone recommend a good book on the phycological use of color in filmmaking? If there is any.. Thanks
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