Join Simon Walker for an in-depth discussion in this video Stylizing a hot location with color grading, part of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day.
Changing the warm colors in a shot can also help us to identify how we feel about…that particular location. I'm going to open Looks on this first clip…which was shot in Venice. And I can use a 3 Way Color Corrector .…Here we go. To move the highlights towards the yellow…that the sun typically gives off, or rather the yellow light that's influenced…by the sun's position at different times of day.…
And then I can also extend or exaggerate the mood, how I feel about the warmth of…this image, by increasing the oranges and mid-tones.…The more you do this, the more you begin to stylize the colors in the image and the…more you begin to talk to the audience in terms of how you want them to feel about…the shot. Just these two corrections have a much…warmer feel to them. You can just feel the extra warmth if you…were sitting in Venice in these lighting conditions.…
But many filmmakers extend this stylizing to actually make a distinct separation…between two locations to communicate what characters are doing to the audience.…
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.
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
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/.