Studio 3 blog 13

Color grading is the process by which the colors of a given media, are altered or manipulated. This is widely achieved through the use of specialized software, one such being Davinci Resolve, a workshop on which we had recently. As the instructor explained by way of live demonstrations, there are several aspects to color grading, through which I quickly realized, it can prove to be a highly nuanced, albeit subjective, process. From simple adjustments of shadows and highlights, to more specific requirements such as influencing the ‘feel’ or the ‘mood’ of an image. Choosing to opt for cooler tones could create an atmosphere of, tranquillity, melancholy or longing, as regularly evidenced in the genre of science-fiction. Whereas warmer tones such as reds, oranges and yellows can impart a sense of welcoming, joy and even anger and intensity—case in point, the genre of romance. Additionally even gray or muted tones, with minimal color saturation, can also impart meaning to an image, often suggesting depression, gloom or desolation. On the other hand, a more realistic drama piece would call for a more naturalistic color palette where the colors are kept neutral, giving the image a look that is more true to real life—as is the genre of my current studio 3 film. Therefore it goes without saying that the color palatte and look of the film, were already decided right then and there during the workshop.

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