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The Art of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day
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Stylizing an office scene


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

with Simon Walker

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One of my favorite things about post-production is being able to change the story through the use of color. So, let's have a look at how we could make this a good office day and a bad office day, just through changing some color corrections. I've already applied an instance of looks, so let's open the looks builder. We all love work, right? Don't we? So, in this particular case, you could exaggerate how much you love work by adding a little bit of diffusion into the scene. And then, add some saturation. Let's choose the Saturation tool from the Post section and boost the Saturation. Here you go.
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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

Stylizing an office scene

One of my favorite things about post-production is being able to change the story through the use of color. So, let's have a look at how we could make this a good office day and a bad office day, just through changing some color corrections. I've already applied an instance of looks, so let's open the looks builder. We all love work, right? Don't we? So, in this particular case, you could exaggerate how much you love work by adding a little bit of diffusion into the scene. And then, add some saturation. Let's choose the Saturation tool from the Post section and boost the Saturation. Here you go.

Here's your first day at work. Before and after. As we know, things don't go quite according to plan. So let's reset this look and let's see what happens after you've had a little too much time at work. And in order to make this office seem more like a prison, we could apply some desaturation and just move the colors towards a cold environment, so that we're representing a cool emotion. So let's grab a hue in the Saturation tool and slightly desaturate the colors here.

Then, I'm going to choose a three-way color corrector, position that after the hue and saturation, and move the lighting towards a little more blue lighting. (SOUND) This is already (SOUND) a negative feel about this space. Increasing the shadow depth, so deepening the shadows also increases the contrast. So it's a little more visually striking because there is a wider distance between the darkest and the lightest pixels. And to exaggerate this even more, let's add a vignette to make this the office from hell.

There we go. This is how it might look (LAUGH) in the morning, but by evening, you've probably had enough of work. Joking aside though, it is important to reflect what your protagonist is going through with the colors in this scene. In general, darker shadows and brighter highlights increase the contrast and cause a greater tension, whereas slightly saturated colors and warmer lighting can make their environment seem much more appealing.

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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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