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In many cases, I would advise against coloring your own work unless like myself, you also work as a dedicated colorist. Just like when editing a movie, an assembly cut needs to be created before fine tuning a picture lock.
When I color grade any project, regardless of the style, look, genre, or format — I always adhere to the general strategy outlined below, and in fact just about every professional colorist working today follows a similar flow.
There are two key things to difference between story writing and screenplay structure here: Scopes can be immensely helpful in showing you a visual representation of where your image sits — in terms of saturation, color balance, contrast, and more.
That said, in many cases even if your starting image is relatively well balanced, there are bound to be some small exposure issues that you may need to solve as part of step two. In the case of the blown out window — imagine you attempted to compensate for this in step 1.
You would end up with a window that is properly exposed, but an overall image that is underexposed. The same goes for attempting to lift shadows to compensate for an area that is too dark, and then ending up with an image that is washed out.
In terms of specific ways to fix these issues, there are many different techniques that you can use, but probably the most effective way is by using power windows.
You should always be aware of vibrant colors when color grading digital footage, as they can often be far more oversaturated than they should be in the source footage.
Another big thing to look out for at this stage are skin tones. In other cases, you might have skin tones that are too green — possibly as a result of fluorescent bulbs — and need to push some purple into them… Whatever the issue may be, the solution is going to require that you use a qualifier in DaVinci Resolve termsor a selective color tool.
In some cases, you might also want to use a power window in conjunction with the color key in order to prevent the key from affecting other areas of the shot. Now you are really working from a blank canvas, and any adjustments that you make to your image from here on out will be far more satisfying.
If you are working from a perfectly balanced image, this look would be easy to achieve.
In many ways, this stage in the color process is the most fun as you can get really creative. In some cases you might want to hyper-stylize your footage and go for a really unique color palette, while in other instances you might stay with a natural look and simply bring out what is already there.
And you will really notice the speed increase when you get to other shots in your sequence, which assuming they are properly matched and balanced can generally have the same look applied to them as a blanket effect.
You usually want any adjustments that you do at this stage to be relevant to just about any other shot in your project, as the purpose of this stage is largely to create a subtle feel — or creative motif — that ties everything together. Learn more about them by clicking here!
For example, you might be coloring another scene later on that has a totally different look to it, but you can still apply the color adjustments from that final node on your first shot to the end of the node tree on the next scene too. Since this node is primarily dedicated to making overarching and relatively small stylistic changes, it can be used on scenes that have very different grades, and will help the entire project to have more consistency.
To achieve the best results creatively, you want to get the technical adjustments out of the way first. This will take a few more minutes up front, but could potentially save you hours of time later on, particularly if you decide to change your creative look at any point.
So always use your discretion, and when you do need to adjust all of the usual parameters, be sure to do so in this exact order.
Noam Kroll Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe.
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The great thing about setting up your LUTs/your overall final look on it’s own node (in Resolve), is that the final node can easily be tacked on to other shots in the project and still work really well.
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