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The Art of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day
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Designing a hospital look


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The Art of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day

with Simon Walker

Video: Designing a hospital look

This is how hospitals look, isn't it? Dark, dramatic, lots of contrasting colored lighting. Well, actually no, they don't look anything like this, this is a treated shot. A hospital actually looks like this. Lots of the colors quite bright, often they've got friendly, warm colors on the walls. But why do we constantly see hospitals portrayed with these green colors, especially in the walls or on the bed linen. Well, it might be because we're used to seeing these sort of colors in hospital on the gowns. Where you've got lots of bluey green or blue gowns worn by either the patients or the surgeons.
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  1. 4m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 47s
    2. Telling a story with color
      2m 10s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 38m 20s
    1. What different colors tell the audience
      1m 6s
    2. How our eyes see color
      5m 12s
    3. Making sure color is consistent across multiple clips in a sequence
      4m 54s
    4. Understanding the correct order to apply color correction adjustments
      7m 43s
    5. Working with Premiere Pro and the Colorista II plugin
      7m 55s
    6. Working with Premiere Pro and Magic Bullet Looks
      7m 21s
    7. Making contrast, lighting, and mood changes: A general rule of thumb
      4m 9s
  3. 25m 13s
    1. Understanding how cool color frames emotion
      7m 39s
    2. Stylizing a cold location with color grading
      3m 18s
    3. Understanding how warm color frames emotion
      3m 16s
    4. Stylizing a hot location with color grading
      4m 40s
    5. Isolating and adjusting skies
      6m 20s
  4. 28m 0s
    1. Changing the times of day with color
      50s
    2. Creating an early morning look
      5m 24s
    3. Creating a midday look
      2m 36s
    4. Creating an afternoon look
      3m 46s
    5. Creating an evening look
      2m 34s
    6. Composing a day-for-night shot
      7m 28s
    7. Creating a flashback look
      5m 22s
  5. 17m 17s
    1. Changing colors to match the mood of the story
      28s
    2. Stylizing an office scene
      2m 31s
    3. Creating a bedroom color style
      2m 20s
    4. Designing a hospital look
      3m 13s
    5. Stylizing a morgue shot
      2m 56s
    6. Coloring an interrogation scene
      5m 49s
  6. 9m 26s
    1. Separating characters from the background
      44s
    2. Creating fake depth of field in Magic Bullet Looks
      2m 51s
    3. Creating fake depth of field in Colorista II
      5m 51s
  7. 3m 6s
    1. Next steps
      3m 6s

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The Art of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day
2h 6m Appropriate for all Jul 03, 2013

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Color is a powerful signal in video; it can subtly project emotion, mood, time of day, and location. Learn to manipulate these visual elements in a variety of shots, from interior spaces to outside landscapes, with color grading. Filmmaker, colorist, and experienced editor Simon Walker shows how to simulate a light source and different types of light, and choose an evocative color for your footage to tell the story of a particular location. Plus, learn techniques to change the time of day, the type of room, and the overall mood of a location.

Simon works with Adobe Premiere Pro and the Magic Bullet Colorista II and Looks plugins, but these lessons can be applied to any color correction workflow.

Topics include:
  • How our eyes see color
  • What colors tell the audience
  • Making sure color is consistent
  • Applying adjustments in the correct order
  • Understanding how warm and cool colors frame emotion differently
  • Isolating and adjusting skies
  • Changing the time of day with color
  • Designing interiors like an office, a hospital, or an interrogation room
  • Creating fake depth of field
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Color Correction
Software:
Final Cut Pro Premiere Pro Magic Bullet Suite
Author:
Simon Walker

Designing a hospital look

This is how hospitals look, isn't it? Dark, dramatic, lots of contrasting colored lighting. Well, actually no, they don't look anything like this, this is a treated shot. A hospital actually looks like this. Lots of the colors quite bright, often they've got friendly, warm colors on the walls. But why do we constantly see hospitals portrayed with these green colors, especially in the walls or on the bed linen. Well, it might be because we're used to seeing these sort of colors in hospital on the gowns. Where you've got lots of bluey green or blue gowns worn by either the patients or the surgeons.

And this works remarkably well for drama because, these color gowns reflect nicely the skin tone, they contrast against the skin tone. They're complimentary colors, they come from the opposite side of the color wheel. So, we tend to get these colors in hospital dramas or settings within a hospital quite often. I'll just jump back to the first clip. So, if you wanted to recreate this look, I'll just reset Colorista and open up the color wheels. You could increase the tension and the drama by increasing the shadows, decreasing the saturation and then moving the colors towards this tealy blue. Change the mood with the midtones, and then you change the tension and the drama quite significantly.

Here we've got these darker shadows with a slight tint to teal, balanced against a really bright set of highlights. You can tell as a viewer, that this is a dramatic scene. What if you wanted to have a reasonably accurate look and reflect things that hospitals are known for, which is their clinical nature and sterile environment? Let's disable Colorista and open up Looks /g. One way you can do this is by grabbing a Three-Way Color Corrector and slightly exaggerating the shadows. So, you've got a nice, crisp contrast between the shadows and the highlights. Of course because we're operating RGP space in Looks, every time we increase the contrast, we get a slight boost in the saturation.

So, I might in this case just slightly tweak the saturation down so, its not overly colorful. I'm going for a more naturalistic look and the other tool I like using for this sort of effect in Looks is the Pop tool, which lives over in the post section. This increases the local contrast, it helps define sharp edges in an image without increasing the saturation. So, increasing the Pop to say something like 50, helps define these edges.

So, here's the before and the after. It removes any slight haze in the image and gives extra definition. So, let's have a look back in the timeline. Here's the difference, here's the before and after. Before and after. So, this isn't an especially dramatic look, but it's clean and it's clinical and it's got defined lines.

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Q: Do I need any plug-ins or additional software to perform the color grading work shown in this course?
A: This course demonstrates techniques that will work in any color grading software, including the built-in 3-way color corrector tools in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Avid Media Composer.  However, the author uses some plug-ins for Premiere Pro in this course.  While you can still get similar results with other tools, you may wish to try the same tools used in the course.  If so, you can install Colorista II and Looks by Magic Bullet.  There are free trial versions of these plug-ins available at the Red Giant website at https://www.redgiant.com/downloads/trial-versions/registration/magic-bullet-colorista-ii/.
 
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