MAKING THE GRADE - THE SOLO FILMMAKER
MAKING THE GRADE
So you've finished filming your project, you get back to your edit suite and you trawl through the rushes...
It can seem quite daunting especially when you have to start matching up the different scenes.
Depending on your film, you may have had to go back on location to re shoot a scene, and maybe the weather/lighting conditions may have changed slightly.
Most cameras nowadays keep a log of the settings used for each scene you film, this comes in handy if you ever need to check your settings as a guide.
To the left is an example of a frame taken from a scene of Jet Slade, showing three stages.
1. Flat: Shows the original footage (how it was recorded) Flat.
2. Grade: Is an example of a grade.
3. Final: Anamorphic bands. Make sure when you're filming, you allow enough headroom in your shoot in prep for when it comes to post production, especially if you decide you want to add this. Most new monitors have different settings that will allow you to overlay your screen with 'Safe Areas'. This is very useful and saves time in the edit suite. Grading can be a very complex process.., skin tones, background, blacks, blues, greens, reds etc. Be familiar with and understand the way your camera footage looks as it won't be the look you're after, especially straight out of the camera, although when viewing it back you might be satisfied with it... Grading brings your film alive! Social Media can be very helpful and guide you on your way.
It can sometimes be quite daunting when for example, you've seen a film you like and it is filmed on a particular camera. You might be inspired by this and decide you want your footage to look quite similar... Don't feel disappointed when your footage doesn't look the way you want it to look, a lot may have gone into the process of making your inspired footage look the way it does. Research is the key and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Here is a useful link by Phil Green, his website is very good!: 'The Digital Intermediate Guide'
Thanks for reading, I hope this helps and gives you an insight into your next project.