Lindsay walks into shop (05:10.12), have tried adding recurring red coat grade. Really struggling getting the colour due to a dramatic change in lighting during camera move. Have played with motion tracking and qualifiers with no success. Currently red looks good on the two shot but when she walks in the door it starts to dull, then saturation creeps around the coat before a sudden burst of red she the camera gets close to her back. Will have to debate and revisit the scene, potential manual tracking of her coat or dynamic grade shifting qualifier tones to matcher and movement to light levels.
Revisiting from last grading session. Yellow of walls are very restrictive, playing around with pale blue tones as scripted but the scene is too dark for this to be effective. Have created another version of the grade but much prefer the original with a turquoise style, at first unsure of the colour but the wash is like water. Gives a connotation of being submerged, how Leon is drowning in his situation of his marriage.
Side by side comparison need to combine both versions. Like he is drowning in the blue, but other has red accents symbolising danger, also much lighter image so easily visible, blue version slightly too crushed.
Found this a really difficult shot as it shifts from dramatic light by Ingrid to darkness by Leon. Pulled the image in camera RAW – dialled down colour temperature, increased ISO, lowered exposure (originally raised by Ingrid areas blew out the image). A tad concerned with Ingrid shouting down phone, does work stylistically but may come across as bad grading, have got an outside opinion who liked the style so will remain as I have styled it until future review.
Used same colour palette from shop, similar tone so maintains continuity in the location. Have successfully added red jacket to emphasise node. It was difficult to purely isolate the jacket so some other red tones in the scene have also changed, nothing substantial enough for a dramatic effect for the viewer. Seeing as 80% of shots in this scene need the red qualifier grade I have opted to add it to the entirety so reds are consistent throughout.
Debating using same technique to earlier shop scene, could argue heightened reds suggest danger approaching, not having to rely purely upon her coat. Will debate when revisited.
Scene not accounted for in the script.
Darkness of scene leaves little room for stylistic decisions. Simply going to enhance the image, down to earth sequence so realism in colour could reflect realism of his situation in the narrative as he reaches his narrative decision.
Referencing log curve rather than REDGamma for more colour space, still very restrictive, noise is a constant issue no matter what luminance I reference. Have pulled down the shadows, new camera metadata allows details in the mids/skins. Dialled up the colour temperature and slightly offset to blue.
Cutaways To Shop
Continued with blue palette for continuity. Edit feels like it is cutting real time back and forth so it would seem strange if the tones of the shop had dramatically changed.
End House Kiss
Before reading notes from the script I feel like it should either be natural like everyday life or revert back to opening yellow palette. Shows how life has done a full circle, despite everything nothing has changed and Ingrid is trapped in her life. Everything continues as if nothing ever happened.
Notes say should be blue to match coldness of situation. Am working against this verdict as like the idea that the colour is trapped in this fake happiness, connoting Ingrid’s state of mind. Rather than reflecting the situation that has happened the colours are fake and sarcastic.
02:36.07 – Ditched dreamy pink look, reverting to blue for continuity for following scene.
08:11.02 – Switch to red (need to review later).
14:53.21 – 16:02.00 – Added red qualifier nodes to symbolise danger like following shop sequence between Lindsay and Ingrid.
30/3 Log Summary
Happy with the state of the film currently. There are a few fine tweaks I need to do. As Tom (Director) isn’t around I have exported stills of the film for him to review and will discuss tomorrow, hopefully he will approve of my approach to the grade as times I have swayed from the script notes due to personal feelings of the narrative of colour.