I’m not shy about the fact that the coloring process in filmmaking is by FAR what I’d choose to do over anything else. It’s an art. Sometimes you’re doing it for a client, making a hazy day look like sunset or an overcast day look like a sunny beach. Or, you’re doing it for yourself crafting your footage to your taste. While I have no aversion to working with clients, I’m in the fortunate position to be able to craft the color for myself.
I’m working on another short for a the non-profit and up until now, the series has been in front of the green screen. So I wanted a grade that looked a bit stylized yet natural. Something that could fit in with the other composited shorts. This is what I settled on for the look:
The Standard Look
Original Accent Shot
The Accent Look
So grade your stuff. It’ll look better. I almost spend more time grading than I do editing these short pieces. (that’s probably because I have to jump through all sorts of hoops to grade sections of a shot appropriately- for instance, notice the nose…to bright for me, but I’d have to create another mask and it didn’t bother me THAT much).
After Effects CS5 Color Finesse 3 A few masks and my trusty Kensington trackball