New Music Video: Want You to Want Me

Talk about a fun project to grade!

After working on a few commercials with DP John Londono, I finally had the chance to collaborate with him on a music video. John’s images came out great straight from the camera, but we knew that they could benefit from color grading. Having worked together on other projects, he knew my style and gave me carte blanche… which is is so much different (and a bit refreshing!) from advertising.

The first movie that came to my mind when I saw his edit was The Social Network. I am a longtime fan of Fincher, especially because of the unique look his films always portray. With Fincher’s aesthetics in mind, I created a warm yellowish/greenish look with a lot of contrast while keeping details and colors in the shadows. This look was applied to the main character’s bedroom, the exterior night shots and the loft.

For the nightclub scene, I kept the original funky colors and emphasized them when they were a bit weaker than other shots. I used a lot of color vignettes to create a colorful rave ambiance. As for the last scene, I kept it as natural as possible because to me, it felt like this moment represented a come back to reality after a crazy night.


Music Video



Director and DP: John Londono
Editor: Jesse Riviere
Color Grading: Charles-Etienne Pascal
Art Director: Aj Hélie and Amanda Van der Siebes
Produced by: Roméo & Fils

Graded @ SHED on Autodesk Lustre

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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