Colour correction and colour grading are essential (but often over-looked) steps in the post-production process that bring a film to life, adding mood, atmosphere and emphasis as required. Once the preserve of white-coated scientists locked away in darkened rooms, the process is now a lot more accessible thanks to software such as DaVinci Resolve and Adobe SpeedGrade. However, it still involves just as much operator skill as it ever has in order to get it just right, and at Brickhouse we have exactly that.
The pictures on every screen are made up of three colours: Red, Green and Blue. These combine to form all the images you see and can be manipulated and emphasised to create cooler effects, warmer scenes and whatever mood we wish to convey. This is done by manipulating ranges of thresholds and tolerances within these three channels.
As the final step of the editing stage, we correct colours where required and grade which adds even more impact to a film ensuring its colours will shine out on whichever platform its viewed on, from cinema screens to mobile phones.
Like many elements of post-production, an untrained eye will only notice quality colour grading when it’s compared to poor examples – and you won’t be able to miss it if it’s done badly.
At Brickhouse we’re keen to show our clients the difference a great colour grade can make, and below is an example of how we do it. We’ll keep showing examples in future newsletters, on our website and through social media.