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Old August 3rd, 2019, 11:05 AM   #1
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A Day in a Life - short film

My latest short film shot on GH5 edited with FCPX.

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Old August 6th, 2019, 02:34 PM   #2
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I think the color grading has a bunch of critical issues.
For the next project, I would advise getting someone to color grade who has experience.
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Old August 6th, 2019, 03:29 PM   #3
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Old August 11th, 2019, 03:35 PM   #4
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I think the color grading has a bunch of critical issues.
For the next project, I would advise getting someone to color grade who has experience.
What are the issues you see so I know what to look for? thanks
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Old August 12th, 2019, 11:45 AM   #5
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The whole movie seems to have been processed by some bad LUT that makes practically every color completely unnatural. Colors seems to be overall squeezed into the teal-orange spectrum (see the chromaticity diagram example).
A lot of what is actually white looks blue tinted.

Also, the footage is dead contrast-wise, there are almost no speculars. Code values are generally way too low.
There are outside daylight scenes with code-values hardly surpassing 50%.

Here are four examples that are completely off. The grey image on the right is the actual color of the girl's left hand.
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Old August 12th, 2019, 01:44 PM   #6
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Thanks Gary. Some of the JPGs you attached seem to be Value %, right, not colors, because I checked and they are all balanced. I did have some issues when I shot it with the camera, like when their hands were over exposed. Not sure what happened, but even when I exposed it correctly, the mids had to be turned almost all the way down in post. Never really had this issue before.
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Old August 12th, 2019, 03:09 PM   #7
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Re: A Day in a Life - short film

I got pretty familiar with Da Vinci Resolve on a personal music video project. LUTs etc. never seemed to work for me...if I wanted a look I had to hand craft it for every shot, using power windows and all kinds of stuff to tweak individual elements of each shot. Sometimes what works on a certain color/luminance value in one shot looks terrible in the next cut.

What I'm getting at is if you did want that teal & orange look you might have to go back and tweak it for each shot to make it look right.

And of course a proper grading setup helps you know "objectively" what you're getting, in case anyone's advice here makes no sense to you 'cause you're seeing something totally different.
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Old August 12th, 2019, 03:20 PM   #8
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I totally agree. I had some exposure and camera issues on this one, which messed up my regular workflow. Different color temperature etc.

I general use color central guides, i.e. color balance and fix each clip and then apply an over all look to it afterwards. Which has worked in the past, but this project was weird.
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