Join Simon Walker for an in-depth discussion in this video Telling a story with color, part of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day.
Color forms are significant part of how we interpret scenes in video.…Different colors can suggest different moods.…If we see muted colors with dark green or dark blue in the shadows, it can suggest…tension in the scene. Which is something we'd see as part of a…thriller or an action movie. Whereas bright saturated primary colors,…give the impression of a much happier more positive mood.…A lot of effort is made by the lighting, costume, location, and set-dressing…departments to introduce specific colors into the scene to reflect the story being…told in the script. But the great thing is, that we can also…simulate colors and lighting conditions in post-production.…
We can use standard editing software to change the colors along after the footage…has been shot. This means that at the editing stage,…there's another opportunity to add a creative treatment to a scene.…To reinforce the mood being suggested, or even to change it.…For example, for story reasons, it may be necessary to change the time of day for…
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/.