Category: Color Grading

Positive Thoughts: Shot 2 Breakdown

Well, it didn’t make it to the semi-finals, but it did get a ton of views, so thanks! We’re going to keep trucking along with the shot breakdown series anyway, because there’s some fun stuff in there. Here’s the breakdown for shot 2: The Breakdown: Raw: The raw footage comes from a Red EPIC, shot at…
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#PostDontStop Desktop Backgrounds

In honor of #PostDontStop Day, I was struck by design inspiration (very rare for me) and created a whole batch of minimalist desktop backgrounds for my fellow post-production specialists. There are several variations of each one, including bold and light text, and textless versions if you’d prefer. The background is a nice dark gray for…
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Positive Thoughts: Shot 1 Breakdown

A couple weeks ago I graded a submission to Doritos “Crash The Super Bowl” contest created by my friend from college, Josh Goldman. It’s a funny and well done spot, and he’s graciously allowed me to do a series breaking down the grade. First up, watch the final graded piece (switch it to 1080p for…
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Vintage Looks – Part 4

For the last of the vintage look series, we’ll work on a moody, rich red look. We’ll start with this base shot: Our first step is to crunch the miss – we want a darker, moody look, and the mids are the first place to hit: Next, we’ll try to pull some shadow detail back…
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Vintage Looks – Part 3

For part 3 of this vintage looks series, we’re going to look at a cross-processed look. A quick Google search of “cross process” gets the general idea across: green shadows, red or yellow midtones/highlights. We’re not going to to quite as extreme as these reference images, but the basis is there. We’ll start with this…
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