It’s time for a new Color Grading Breakdown!
Color Grading Breakdown
For this week’s Color Grading Breakdown, I picked a shot from a music video I shot and directed a little over a year ago. I chose this shot because it was done with very basic gear that most of you guys should have acces too: a Canon Rebel T3i, a tripod (optional), a computer, a friend and a street. Get out there, shoot something and grade it! That’s pretty much what I did. Since I was working for myself without any clients, I did my grading in After Effects. I knew I wanted something greenish and stylized… but wasn’t exactly sure where to start, so I experimented while still loosely following my usual recipe.
I cranked up the exposure by pushing the mids and the highlights with a curve.
Still using curves, I crushed the blacks and added a soft oval vignette.
Trying to find my look, I cooled down the image by lowering the red channel of the curve. It was a bit too bluish, so I did the same thing to the blue curve on another layer to get closer to my greenish look.
I liked the green, but it looked too harsh and contrasty. At that point, I wanted something dreamy and softer. I lifted the blacks and removed a lot of saturation while still keeping a trace of that green tinge.
I added two new layers and loaded two different flares in each of them using Videocopilot’s Optical Flares. The first one was used to veil the sky and the buildings a little a bit and the second one was added right in the middle to simulate a sun ray shining directly into the camera. I aslo added one last layer of blur around the edges.
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Watch the full music video here.
Music: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Immigrant Song