Did a grading project awhile back for a real estate client. The footage was shot as RAW DNG image sequences on a Canon 5D. My initial thought was, “Great! just import the sequences natively into DaVinci Resolve and do everything right there!” No matter what I tried, I still felt like something was off, I wasn’t getting the results that I wanted. The initial video was really dark (as you can see in the video attached), so that might have had something to do with it. What I needed was a well balanced starting point, then give it the mood. What I found worked really good, and seemed to have a ton of control over the image, was importing the sequences into After Effects first. That way I could pre-grade in the Adobe RAW adjustment panel to give me the balanced starting point I wanted. I then exported them back out, brought them into Resolve for the final grading pass.
Here is the video, showing the original clip and final result:
Well, I finally got the GoPro out into some real surf. Spent a week down in Nicaragua and surfed various spots around the Popoyo area. All of this footage is from Popoyo reef. Another post will be coming soon with more trip details and some photos.
Special thanks to Waves of Love for housing and feeding us for a week.
Hurricane Edouard came up the East Coast far enough away from land that it sent a solid 3-4 foot swell with a 13-14 second period. Usually when a long period swell hits the coast of Florida it results in nothing but close-outs at most beaches. For two days I decided to venture over to the most consistent spot on the East Coast, New Smyrna Inlet. When most other breaks are closing out I can always count on the Inlet’s ability to produce some nice A-frame wedges. And this time, the Inlet exceeded any expectations. I saw more surfers getting covered up on this swell than I would normally see all year.
Wednesday was the best day of the swell. I went out around 10:30, increasing swell and increasing tide made for some epic conditions. After spending a few hours enjoying nature’s gift, I grabbed my camera and shot a few photos…
When you here the term “color correction” or “color grading”, what do you think of? Most people think of it as correcting a poorly colored shot from improper white balance (outside footage looking blue or inside footage looking yellow). But it’s much more than that. Color grading starts with correcting some of the imperfections of the footage, then creativity comes in and the colorist gives your film a specific look or mood to help pull your audience into the story. Color grading used to be an art reserved only for big budget Hollywood films, but it’s now at the fingertips of pretty much any independent producer. I just recently graded a wedding film for a client. Here is a short cut showing a before and after of how this art can really make a difference in the eyes of your audience. See if you can notice any of the subtleties beyond just correcting contrast and color.
The old saying goes “Only a surfer knows the feeling.” Well, in this scenario “Only a surfer understands.”
There is a special connection, a bond, that a surfer feels with his board. That feeling of putting on that fresh coat of wax, holding it close and running your hands up and down the rails…. Anyways, I feel this video portrays it best. Here is a cut down version of the opening from Surfing Life’s movie 20-20. The original and full length film can be found and downloaded HERE.
A FILM BY SAM NORWOOD
DIRECTED BY NICK CARROLL
STARING: RYAN CALLINAN & HEATH JOSKE