When we go to see a movie, especially a standard life drama, we tend to know very little about what was done to the moving images before they reach the screen, and our eyes. Have you ever wondered what it’s like straight out of camera?
Movie magic, some may call it, is often the work of a film colorist, who adds so much feel, visual interest, and strength to the composition. It’s similar to adding a soundtrack. Entering some dimly lit bar or pool hall may leave you bereft of any emotion, but add in the right soundtrack, and it can be like you’re in a Scorcese movie, and much like adding a soundtrack to a scene can change it entirely, so can the color grading, and this 2 minute clip shows you to what huge extent this is true.
We are taken through a series of scenes of an independent film called, ‘The House On Pine Street,’ and are shown what the footage looked like SOOC and then through to the finished product which may have multiple color grades added. This psychological drama by E3W Productions, centers around a pregnant woman recovering from a mental breakdown, who happens to move into a haunted house, but the real head-job is the brilliant work of the director of photography, Juan Baron, and Colorist Taylre Jones. They shot this with a Black Magic camera in 2K RAW, and is such a testament to the power of shooting in RAW.
As if any of us needed more incidence to know the value of shooing in that format, this has to be one of the best; the footage SOOC looks so incredibly flat and dull compared to the same footage with different levels of color grading applied. The coloring really takes the oatmeal porridge breakfast SOOC footage, and turns it into a sizzling saucepan of steak and eggs. And it is, of course, much the same with still images – what can be done with stops upon stops of dynamic range to play with versus one without is like night and day – literally.