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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.
Telling stories with video is all about prompting an emotional response from the viewer. And different colors can prompt different responses. For example, pink and purple can be associated with romance, or friendship. Yellow and gold can suggest warmth and postive feeling. Whilst, blue has the contotation of cool temperature. And cool emotion. Visually, certain colors can appear nearer and certain colors can appear further away. Warm colors, like red and orange, seem to project forward, while blues tend to recede.
This means that you can make sure that whilst you're shooting, different colors are placed in the foreground and background, to create a sense of depth. But you can also enhance these colors at the editing stage to exaggerate this depth. Shots that are edited together, but don't match, can confuse the audience and unexpected colors or even ungraded shots can lack atmosphere and can also take the viewer out of the story. So it's important to keep corrections and grades consistent. These are some of the core concepts to consider, and we're going to investigate them more as we go through this chapter.
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