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West Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

Avoid the Biggest Indie Filmmaking Mistake: Neglecting Colour Grading

Colour grading transforms good films into unforgettable ones. In the world of independent filmmaking, colour grading plays a crucial role in the final look and aesthetic of the film. It allows filmmakers to set a certain tone and mood that aligns with the narrative, enhancing the storytelling ability beyond the script and performance. Independent filmmakers, who often work with limited budgets, find colour grading to be a game-changer, as it adds depth and a professional touch to their projects. Colour grading often distinguishes their films in a highly competitive market. Colour is a powerful tool for every filmmaker; it can tell a story within a…

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Cinematic Colour Grading: Understanding Colour Theory

At its core, colour theory is the study of how colours interact with one another. Understanding how colours work together can help you create a visually appealing and effective colour palette. There are three primary elements of colour theory: hue, saturation, and brightness. Hue refers to the actual colour of an object, such as red, blue, or yellow. Saturation refers to the intensity or purity of a colour. A highly saturated colour is bright and vivid, while a desaturated colour is more muted. Brightness, or value, refers to the lightness or darkness of a colour. In colour theory, several models describe colour relationships, including the…

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Wizard Of Oz - Color Grading

A Brief History of Colour Grading in Cinema

In simple terms, colour grading is the process of adjusting, correcting or enhancing the colours used in a film or video. The colour grading and colour correction process is important because it can be used to enhance or change the mood of what audiences experience on their screen, and it can help to create a specific visual style for the project to make it be more memorable.  FREE Colour Grading Quote Request Quote When was the First Colour Film Released?It's widely believed, incorrectly, that colour filmmaking was first introduced by Hollywood in 1939 with the iconic film The Wizard of Oz, however this couldn't be further…

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Face looking in distance - After Colour Grade / Colour Grading London

What is the Importance of Colour Grading in Filmmaking?

Colour is a critically important, often underestimated, element within any type of film or video. It plays a huge role in how audiences emotionally respond to what they see and experience on screen. Different colours, and different shades of colour, can trigger conscious or subconscious thought patterns depending on the colours used. Warm reds or oranges used in a romantic comedy may produce feelings of love, compassion, or togetherness. Deep dark blues used in a spy thriller may lead to feelings of paranoia, isolation and coldness. These are clichéd examples, but I hope illustrate the point. Understanding colour theory isn't just useful for narrative films…

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Colour Grading London - Basketball Ad / Graded

What tools do you use for Colour Correction and Grading?

All colour work is finished in the latest version DaVinci Resolve Studio, a popular choice for Colourists working on some of the biggest films in Hollywood. I accept projects edited in most NLEs including Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. Components within my colour studio DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel. Blackmagic Ultrastudio 4k (to ensure a colour accurate clean signal). I use three high quality monitors 27inch 5k retina display. 31inch colour calibrated 4k Eizo ColorEdge CG319X monitor. Small 9.7inch dedicated display for monitoring colour scopes. For final finishing and review 65inch LG OLED…

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Colour Grading Node Tree Produced in DaVinci Resolve

Colour Grading vs. Colour Correction – What’s the Difference?

A typical ‘node tree’ created (for a single shot) by a Colourist during the colour grading post. I sometimes get asked - what's the difference between colour correction and colour grading? Can't I just slap on a LUT (Look Up Table) and be done with it? In some circumstances, perhaps you can. But that would be doing a great disservice to the footage you've painstakingly gone to great lengths to create. Even with the best DoP (Director of Photography) producing perfectly exposed shots, there will alway be an opportunity to enhance certain elements within a frame and create a unique, distinct look for your masterpiece.…

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Lola - AFTER Grade - Colour Grading London

New Site Launches for Colour Grading London

I'm excited to welcome you to my brand spankin' shiny new website! A little bit about me I've always been interested in filmmaking and storytelling. In 2019 I completed my first documentary, My God, I'm Queer - a groundbreaking documentary with a very important message behind it. The film was shortlisted for two awards and screened in the UK, Canada and India. The film is now distributed by Film4 and Channel4 in the UK. As the pandemic took hold across the UK in 2020 I began my journey as a Film Colourist. I invested in a…

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