Category: Tutorials

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

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

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

Blackmagic Cinema Camera + Davinci Resolve Colour Grading Breakdown

BMCC + Davinci Resolve Colour Grading Breakdown from Juan Melara on Vimeo. member Kholi posted up some Blackmagic Cinema Camera raw DNGs the other day. So I thought I’d have another go at grading BMCC footage. Find the DNGs in this thread here. The BMCC just impresses me more and more each time I […]

December 30, 2012 // By : // 14 Comments

Scarlet + Davinci Resolve Colour Grading Breakdowns

Reduser member Philipe Ratton posted some awesome R3Ds from his latest short film currently in production. I couldn’t resist grading these. You can find the original Reduser post with the R3Ds here. Grading is super easy when you start with quality, well shot source material. That was definitely the case this time! There are so many possibilities […]

December 29, 2012 // By : // 13 Comments

Recovering Highlights with Davinci Resolve

Ok so it’s not really recovering highlights, cause if they’re blown out, they’re gone. It’s more bringing near blown out highlights back into a useful visible range. A few people on bmcuser and reduser have been having problems with this, so I’ve put together this post. This method is probably the easiest I’ve found and […]

December 28, 2012 // By : // 8 Comments