Resolve 11 the good and the bad

Now that I’ve finished grading The Taking I thought I’d comment on R11… Generally I love it, I particularly like the ability to group sequences and grade those groups pre and post an individual clip grade. This means that an overall pre clip grade can be applied to a sequence to get the whole sequence […]

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Final post of The Taking

It has been interesting grading an entire film, an eye opening look into the realities of a colorists life. Creating the overall look of scenes was pretty easy, after all I’d shot it with a look in mind. The difficulty, huge at times, was matching shots within a sequence. Sometimes we had shot indoors in […]

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Weird things you grade

I’ve been finalising the grade today, only one more day to go. So what was I grading today? Well I started out tracking a window, not a very large one, around an actors dick, it was apparently too hidden in the shadows so there I was tracking a window to follow his willy shot by […]

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Hacking this site

Since we were badly hacked a year ago we have implemented improved security. I see that we have once again become a target, 30+ failed attempts to hack in in the last 12 hours. Please just piss off.

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Still Grading with Resolve 11

Nearly 2 months since the last post about the grade and I’m still at it, only a couple of hours a day but it’s an interesting way to work. My use of groups has caused a few problems between the various “final” versions of the cut but I’m learning how to deal with this. There’s […]

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The Taking – The Grade…

Well, I’ve started the grade, first at home and later at UWE. An initial problem, that I was aware of as we shot, is that we used in camera looks and they don’t translate to Resolve or any “real” grading system. Both RED and ARRI have used their own format of “look” files in the […]

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The Taking, the missing days!

Hmm, I haven’t posted about e night shoots by e cemetery and the river. The cemetery sequence involved a speeding police car and Vicky running and hiding but the way I wanted to shoot it meant that we had to overlap camera moves and run at frightening speed so that we could get 5 setups […]

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The Taking one day to go Day 18

We’re 3 days in to the final fight sequence, 2 days of fighting around a location and now 2 days in a studio. Slow, very slow. Staging everything for stunts and breakaways, it’ll look great in the end but it’s so slow… Still problems with the Epics and temperature, they overheat all the time, it […]

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Day 13 & 14 The Taking

Well, a couple of interesting days, after 40 years in the film business I thought that I’d run across most of the major things that could have a effect on your day, I was wrong. For the first time ever we had the situation of Matt my gaffer checking out the power supply on a […]

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Day 11 The Taking

Today one of the camera operators committed the cardinal sin, the totally unforgivable, he shouted out to the other operator during a take that he was entering his frame by not sticking to his agreed position. Unfortunately “get the fuck out of my shot” screamed across the set does tend to break the actors concentration […]

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