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Juan Melara
05-07-2013, 09:26 AM
https://vimeo.com/65617394
https://vimeo.com/65617394

Here it is! After a lot of requests I've finally put together a colour grading tutorial. Here is my take on the Summer Blockbuster look. There are a lot of details/small text so its probably best to watch it fullscreen or on Vimeo.

The footage I grade is Red Epic, but the techniques apply just as well to the BMCC. In fact as I've said before, BMCC raw footage probably grades easier and better than Epic footage. This technique will work best in BMD Film mode, or equivalent Prores files.

Man with gun footage kindly provided by talented cinematographer and reduser Toby Linden - http://dreamland-films.de/

In this tutorial I show you the 2 node subtractive colour setup. And how it's more powerful and precise compared to other techniques commonly used to achieve the blockbuster look such as the push/pull method. This technique is also the foundation to a lot of the looks you see on my site.

Read this blog post for more in-depth information that I couldn't fit into the video: http://juanmelara.com.au/the-summer-blockbuster-colour-grading-tutorial/

I've got a few more ideas for grading tutorials, but happy to take suggestions.

As always questions, comments, feedback welcome!

http://juanmelara.com.au/images/blog/01_grading_tutorial/forum/outside_shot_800.jpg

http://juanmelara.com.au/images/blog/01_grading_tutorial/forum/guy_800.jpg

http://juanmelara.com.au/images/blog/01_grading_tutorial/forum/guy_full_800.jpg

Here is the 2 node subtractive colour setup. If it doesn't make sense, read the blog post.

http://juanmelara.com.au/images/blog/01_grading_tutorial/forum/2_node_setup_dark_800.jpg

http://juanmelara.com.au/images/blog/01_grading_tutorial/forum/watch_800.jpg

http://juanmelara.com.au/images/blog/01_grading_tutorial/forum/screen_grab_001_800.jpg

http://juanmelara.com.au/images/blog/01_grading_tutorial/forum/screen_grab_002_800.jpg

Macielle
05-07-2013, 10:00 AM
Big fan Juan! Thanks!!

Wuudi
05-07-2013, 11:15 AM
Thx alot Juan! I loved your short explanations on the blog, for this one you get one big thank you!

And feel free to make more and more and ... :)

Brad Ferrell
05-07-2013, 11:25 AM
That was excellent. I'm a new user to Resolve. It's a real pleasure seeing how to attack the image using some of the tools I haven't learned about yet. Thanks.

mbeck
05-07-2013, 03:08 PM
Awesome Tutorial!! I love that it taught me things about resolve in a way that I really had to think about it. Sometimes when things are explained in too much detail.. I dont really learn it. Where if I really have to pay attention to what is being done.. I actually learn it.

I would love to see a tutorial for getting the look of films like The Assassination of Jesse James, and There Will Be Blood. As well as general Skin tone tutorials.

Thanks!

Trevor Roach
05-07-2013, 03:22 PM
Great Tutorial!! Thanks a lot for doing this!

And Michael, I agree, a skin tone tutorial would be great!

randyman
05-07-2013, 03:39 PM
Thanks for sharing this, Juan - it's a tremendous help.

Just when I'm thinking I have a pretty good handle on things, a pro comes along and shows me what a babe in the woods I really am. :p

Your tutes are invaluable and inspiring... keep 'em coming, please!

Joe Giambrone
05-07-2013, 07:09 PM
Thanks Juan. I reposted this to my blog (http://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/) before even finishing it.

rawCAM35
05-07-2013, 07:20 PM
Many thanks Juan for your contribution, it is worth to be part of this forum because of people like you and others, this is a great help for someone like me who is new to color grading.
Thanks again

Juan Melara
05-07-2013, 09:50 PM
Thanks guys, glad you like it.

mbeck - I like your suggestions. I'm thinking of picking a few more similar looking films and then rolling them into one tutorial. The problem then becomes which version of the look to match. In the case of There Will Be Blood there's a big difference between the grade in the trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3THVbr4hlY) and the grade on the Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/There-Will-Be-Blood-Blu-ray/812/#Screenshots). I prefer the trailer grade.

I've got plans for an in depth skin tutorial. And I'm also thinking of a quick tutorial on grading tungsten as tungsten, which is basically the opposite of the look in this tutorial. Here is the look I'm talking about from Skyfall.

http://juanmelara.com.au/images/blog/01_grading_tutorial/forum/skyfall_800.jpg

mbeck
05-07-2013, 11:51 PM
I can't wait for all of this!


Thanks guys, glad you like it.

mbeck - I like your suggestions. I'm thinking of picking a few more similar looking films and then rolling them into one tutorial. The problem then becomes which version of the look to match. In the case of There Will Be Blood there's a big difference between the grade in the trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3THVbr4hlY) and the grade on the Blu-ray (http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/There-Will-Be-Blood-Blu-ray/812/#Screenshots). I prefer the trailer grade.

I've got plans for an in depth skin tutorial. And I'm also thinking of a quick tutorial on grading tungsten as tungsten, which is basically the opposite of the look in this tutorial. Here is the look I'm talking about from Skyfall.

http://juanmelara.com.au/images/blog/01_grading_tutorial/forum/skyfall_800.jpg

CaptainHook
05-08-2013, 01:24 AM
Great stuff Juan - really appreciate the extra mile you went into making the graphic elements etc in your tutorial as well. Cheers. :)

Brad Ferrell
05-08-2013, 07:56 AM
I like the fade to BW for each section. It's in the details...