Played around with the window shot where the camera and operators reflection is present. Attempted to burn it out, in order to do so I need to crush the blacks dramatically and increase contrast. It is achievable in theory but creates an extremely different and undesirable image from what is required in the narrative. The reflected mouth is even more of a struggle due to its various colour tones rather than the black of the lens.
Have watched through the entire film and noting the following scenes need minor tweaks:
- Pink tones when Lindsay smokes
- Colour palette switch when Ingrid cuts hand
- Grey flesh Ingrid and daughter at table
- Leon walking away at train station
- Window kiss ending
I was able to Skype Tom (Director) and go through all of the stills I had sent him. He was overall very happy with the grade. Recurring issues with the contrast and ‘washiness’, but have warned him this can be due to monitor. I have followed the script well, some shots he has changed his verdict from the original notes due to his location so I need further work (i..e House has more yellow than blue in it). I have talked through the film and now have to work on the follow, screenshots of the current state included:
Too purple, like the dreamy feel but it needs to be dialled down.
Slightly too yellow. Wanted blue but the location was too yellow, will play around for a natural less colour intense feel.
Bluer walls if possible.
Too much tungsten/orange. Need to cool down slightly for a more natural feel, also feel like characters are lit too intensely.
Really like the purple/red tones, perfect for the tone it invokes. Comes across slightly ‘comic book’ styling due to high contrast, needs reduction.
Appreciate sickening yellow feel, however yellow is the colour of Ingrid, Leon is blue. Natural lighting, decrease the contrast.
A lot of debate about the palette, blue was in the script but Tom liked the yellow on location. I argued that it was too hectic with so many strong colours going on cluttering the composition. I like how the blue cools it all down and makes it more clinical and uninviting. We settled that I need to adjust the blue palette for a darker version as the white is too intense. Bring out the yellow of Ingrid and red of Lindsay further.
Like the shot a lot, but too much harsh light. Can try fixing it by shifting contrast.
Responding To Feedback
Taking Tom’s comments on board and having spoken to him I now know what I need to work on going ahead in order to finalise the grade.
Bridge Landscape Shot
Dialled down the pink and saturation, then referenced log curve for mid tones by the bridge that were burnt out. Found it was making the rest of the image too dark and bland.
Instead placed power window over the middle of the frame to pull back details, softening the frame to blend into the image. Having brightened the image further then increased contrast to remove ‘milky’ look, also pumping some saturation back into the frame as I reduced magenta.
31/3 Log Summary
Finished for the day to give me time to think over suggested changes. Shouldn’t take too much longer, hopefully fine tuning should do the trick. Will get in again and make amendments, then screenshots so Tom can see the difference in the particular scenes.