This is the process where every clip is manually tweaked to get a good exposure and
balance of light. Each clip is adjusted to match color temperature to a predefined
choice for each scene. This tedious and mechanical process is essential and in its
own way, an art form. The use of SCOPES (Waveform, Vectroscope, Parade) is critical
to this step and luckily most NLE’s and Grading software have them built-in. Without
them you are literally flying blind and solely trusting your eyes, which have to
adjust to room light ambience, fatigue, funky monitors and other factors constantly.
Trust the SCOPES and let them guide you into accurate and creative decision making.
is the creative process where decisions are made to further enhance or establish
a new visual tone to the project through software including: introducing new color
themes, re-lighting within a frame, films stock emulations, color gradients and a
slew of other choices. Being that this is purely creative, there is no wrong or right…only
what the DP, director and colorist feel is appropriate for the story. It can be subtle
and invisible or over-the-top and uber-stylized. Therein lies the challenge…The challenge
of choices. The tools available are so numerous, powerful that you have no excuse
not to explore these options further before you embark on the Grading journey.