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Color Grading for Indie Filmmakers

How Color Grading Elevates Your Project

If you think color is just about twisting knobs and pushing buttons.... you're right. But those knobs are for the important purpose of making an image that effectively tells the story. Here's some details about what I do.

Correction & Matching

Footage came out looking greenish? Shot scenes on different days, camera, or lighting conditions? This includes taking a LOG format image and apply transformations to make it look "correct".

Color Grading

Grading is the creative process of applying a look to footage. This is the creative storytelling part of the color process: making sure that the eye is drawn to the important parts of an image, and using color to help create an emotional experience for the audience. This can also include re-lighting, film emulation, VHS effect, and other looks.

Paint & Compositing Effects

Swap out a sky. Replace a phone or TV screen. Key out a green screen. Paint out a boom pole. Basic retouching to improve the image!


Portfolio

Resources

DVResolve.com

Want to get the latest DaVinci Resolve news & tutorials? I run this site as a free educational resource for anyone who wants it!

DVResolve.com

Filmic LOG v3 to Rec709 PowerGrade

Davinci Resolve powergrades for phone footage using Filmic Pro's LOG v3 (10bit)

Filmic has their own conversion LUT but it's not customizable and handles color conversion differently than I'd like.

Filmic

Instagram Filter PowerGrades for Resolve

Want to apply Instagram Filters to your video projects?

Filmic

Get in Touch

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The Color Process ⚙️

1. Discovery
We chat and talk about the requirements of your project and your vision. If I can help, you send over the project and we start!

2. Conform & Look Creation
First I collect all the footage and files and import them into the color suite. Then I start creating some looks to share based on your ideas and references.

3. Spotting Session
Usually a conversation with the director & cinematographer to identify the storytelling requirements, the emotional impact, and other considerations. And we review the sample looks I created.

4. Correction & Grading
I press buttons and turn nobs until the footage looks fantastic.

5. Review
You get footage to review and provide notes & feedback where needed.

6. Delivery
You get the color corrected & graded footage back so you can finish & export your completed project!
Questions & Answers 💬

What's the difference between color grading & color correction?

Correction is the process of making an image look, well, correct. This could be converting LOG footage to normal, matching footage filmed by different cameras or lighting conditions, or fixing an image that has exposure problems.

Grading is the creative process of applying a look to footage. This the creative storytelling part of the color process: making sure that the eye is drawn to the important parts of an image, and using color to help create an emotional experience for the audience. This can also include re-lighting, basic retouching, and film emulation.

What else is possible besides correction & grading?

When a professional photographer does a shoot, their work is photoshopped. Color is sort of like that, but turned up to 11.

It may include all sorts of edits to an image in order to improve it or affect the storytelling. Some examples:
Shot matching between different shooting conditions or camerasBeauty retouchingRelightingFilm emulationDay for night
Do you do VFX?

I will do simple compositing like a screen replacement. For complex workflows or CGI, you'll need to find a dedicated VFX artist.