Here’s this week’s breakdown :
Color Grading Breakdown
Color grading a music video is so different than a commercial. Both are fun to work on, but music video clients usually give much more freedom to the director and the colorist. For this project, we decided to push to look towards something more stylized by adding purple in the shadows. You always have to be careful when you do this kind of effect… because it can quickly look like a generic filter or a preset from popular basic grading softwares.
A simple S Curve to boost the contrast and a Saturation Curve to bring back some colors. Primary color grading to balance the image to a neutral state with a slight warm touch.
Add purple in an expanded and blurred shadows matte. It’s important to blur the matte in order to get a smooth purple look that also bleeds in the midtones.
Remove a notch and saturation and add soft vignettes to darken the edges.
Isolate the blue stripes, use it as a matte and shift its colors towards purple/red to match the overall palette of the shot.
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