I had so much fun grading this music video that I couldn’t resist doing a breakdown! It’s been two months since the latest shot from the Color Grading Breakdown Series, so you guys deserve it!
Color Grading Breakdown
I really dig the cinematic lighting DP John Londono and his team did for the the bar scene and wanted to push it to maximum. Here’s how I did it:
A custom contrast curve. Without crushing the blacks too much, I created a curve that gave me just enough contrast to start with. I also increased the brightness a bit.
Using printer lights (or color wheels) I added a blue and cyan look to the shot.
The highlights were treated in two separate passes. The first step was to boost their intensity a notch and add a touch of yellow in them.
We could still see the light stand and the spotlight, so I used a second highlight key, blurred it and kicked its brightness up to the sky.
I wanted to add more blue to the scene, so I drew a quick soft mask on the greek column that bleed on the spotlight and added blue in it.
The last details. I added a subtle vignette, popped the colors a bit on the left part of the frame and increased the contrast just tiny amount.
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Watch the full music video here.
Music: Broken Bells – Holding On for Life