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Midnight in Paris – Reverse Engineering the Grade

Alexandros A. Apostolos on the Lift Gamma Gain forums posted this thread asking how to achieve the look of the Woody Allen films Midnight in Paris and To Rome with Love. Not seeing anything particularly complex in the look of either of the films, I decided to have quick go at trying to reverse engineer the grade. […]

October 15, 2015 // By : // 28 Comments

Necrophilia: A Love Story – Short Film

In October I graded a great little short film titled Necrophilia: A Love Story. It was written and directed by Michael Millichamp. It’s currently doing the festival circuit, so it’s unlikely it will be available to view online for a good while. I am however allowed to share a few frames. For more info on […]

March 12, 2014 // By : // 18 Comments

Based On True Events Short Film

Based On True Events from Gary Allen on Vimeo. Late last year I had the pleasure to grade Based On True Events a short film directed by Gary Allen, with cinematography by Zakaree Sandberg. It was shot on Red Epic 5k 16:9 for a 2.39:1 crop. Finally here’s some proof that I don’t always apply […]

February 11, 2014 // By : // 22 Comments

Deep Water Short Film

It’s been a while since my last blog post, I’ve been super busy shooting and grading various projects over the last few months. Luckily some of these are starting to see that light of day so I’m able to start sharing them. Here are some stills from short film called Deep Water. It was directed […]

November 5, 2013 // By : // 35 Comments

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera – ProRes Resolve Grades

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Colour Grading Breakdowns from Juan Melara on Vimeo. Earlier this week John Brawley made available the first ProRes files from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Being a fan of it’s bigger brother, I had to take a closer look at them… If you want to check them out for yourself, download […]

August 7, 2013 // By : // 24 Comments

Basic Resolve Node Structure and Order of Operations

What I really like about Davinci Resolve is the flexibility offered by the node based workflow. There are seemingly endless ways to setup the structure of your grade. And while I sometimes setup some complex node trees, they all generally follow the same basic plan. In this post I’ll show you this plan and explain […]

July 15, 2013 // By : // 34 Comments

The Summer Blockbuster Colour Grading Tutorial

01 The Summer Blockbuster Colour Grading Tutorial from Juan Melara on Vimeo. Introduction I’ve received a lot of requests to share the techniques I use to achieve the various grades on this site and on Vimeo. But by far the biggest request has been to show how I create the cool/warm look. Otherwise known as […]

May 7, 2013 // By : // 121 Comments

Summer Blockbuster Tutorial Sneak Peek

I’ve been busily working on the first tutorial in my video tutorial series. Here is a sneak peek of what I’ve been cooking up. I’ll be updating this page over the next 2 weeks with more sample images prior to the final launch, so check back often for the latest info. The first tutorial in […]

February 21, 2013 // By : // 19 Comments

Kodak 2393 LUT – Alex Montoya Real World Examples

Kodak 2393 LUT Alex Montoya Footage Breakdowns from Juan Melara on Vimeo. So how do the LUTs from my previous post look when used with footage from a serious production? Below are some real world examples using R3Ds from Alex Montoya’s great short film Maquillaje (Make Up). See the short film on Alex’s Vimeo page here. If […]

January 23, 2013 // By : // 33 Comments

Print film emulation LUTs for download

Kodak 2393 Emulation LUT Test + LUT Download Link from Juan Melara on Vimeo. What is a LUT? A look up table (LUT) mathematically translates a set values in your image into another set of values. For example converting a flat log image into video gamma that has correct brightness and contrast, or converting from […]

January 18, 2013 // By : // 202 Comments