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  • Getting that look

    Hello,

    Last week I recorded a few outdoor shots, mainly to test the Ursa Mini 4.6k low light abilities (which I think, contrary to common belief, are fantastic for a cinema camera), but I also got a few afternoon, almost sunset, shots of the city which I tried to grade as close as I could to the Woody allen color of his european films, especially Midnight in Paris. I'm not a colorist, so I really wanted to get some feedback and learn as much as I can. What would you guys add or remove from these graded stills? I know the colors are different, because I'm shooting autumn colors, while Woody Allen's Paris was all about yellow and vibrant green foliage.

    Here are two stills:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/n9eav0fs9c...1.6.3.bmp?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/o4ku467re2...1.4.4.bmp?dl=0

    Thanks!

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    One thing that really helps is to isolate the skintones and keep them as natural as possible. Another trick is to desaturate the shadows.
    http://www.thedreamers.nl/en

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    • #3
      Forgot to desaturate the shadows. Great call! I'll also try to get different tones of yellow in the foliage. Woodys films are always warm looking but it can be hard to get the right balance.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by david evans View Post
        Hello,

        Last week I recorded a few outdoor shots, mainly to test the Ursa Mini 4.6k low light abilities (which I think, contrary to common belief, are fantastic for a cinema camera), but I also got a few afternoon, almost sunset, shots of the city which I tried to grade as close as I could to the Woody allen color of his european films, especially Midnight in Paris. I'm not a colorist, so I really wanted to get some feedback and learn as much as I can. What would you guys add or remove from these graded stills? I know the colors are different, because I'm shooting autumn colors, while Woody Allen's Paris was all about yellow and vibrant green foliage.

        Here are two stills:

        https://www.dropbox.com/s/n9eav0fs9c...1.6.3.bmp?dl=0

        https://www.dropbox.com/s/o4ku467re2...1.4.4.bmp?dl=0

        Thanks!
        Juan Melara had a great post about getting the Midnight in Paris look:

        http://juanmelara.com.au/midnight-in...ing-the-grade/
        http://instagram.com/teddy_dem/
        http://vimeo.com/luciddreamsfilms

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        • #5
          Thanks Teddy! That post by Juan Melara was actually one of my starting points. The thing is, the footage I'm grading is a bit different. I get a lot of yellow foliage, as opposed to the vibrant green that Joe Gawler split up in cool shadows and warm highlights. But I was hoping to get a look that had a similar feel to it (a warm look that saturates the right colors in the right tone), and above all, a look that feels coherent. It's kind of easy when you're new to this kind of workflow to overdo it (that's why I keep calling my wife to see the grade and give her opinion ). And that was actually my goal with this post. To get some of your thoughts and what could I do to improve the grade.

          Thanks for watching and helping

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