Color Grading Breakdown Series – Shot 12

Given the Color Grading Breakdown Series’s recent popularity, it seemed logical to treat you guys with a new shot. Without further ado, here’s the series’ 12th shot taken from Black Tiger Sex Machine’s music video:

Color Grading Breakdown

The main goal when I graded this project was to hide the environment (especially curtains and wires). It was an important concern for the DP. The solution was obviously to darken the whole thing, but I wanted to try something special.

I didn’t really know how to put it in words at the beginning, but I guess I wanted to give it a “matte black” look. Like a motorcycle. Precisely like THIS motorcycle:

Step 01
The usual contrast curve to get us somewhere more saturated and contrasty.

Step 02
It was too magenta for my taste. I added some blue and cyan to get closer to what I had in mind

Step 03
I made the shot a notch darker in the highlights and the midtones. I also gave it a bit of saturation. We’re getting close.

Step 04
Now the fun begins for my “matte black” look. I created a custom shadow matte (using an luma key) and took out some blue and darkened the blacks without crushing them.

Step 05
If  you look closely, I went a bit further and emphasized the last step, but almost cranked up the highlights and midtones. Grain was also added.

Step 06
I rendered my timeline out of the Lustre and imported it in After Effects and voluntarily lifted my blacks using an RGB Curve. This took out a lot of details, but this is what I was aiming for!

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Music: Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979

Cheers and ride safely!

Charles-Etienne Pascal is a freelance digital colorist working in Montreal, Canada. His line of work mainly consist of advertising, but he also very much enjoys grading music videos, short films and documentaries. Chuck likes photography, motorcycles, travelling, bouldering, guitar and of course color grading.

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