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After seeing this project by Jim Campbell’s that used Colorista II and Mojo, we asked him to tell us more about how he made this beautiful piece. This was his response:
“Since I was shooting with the anamorphic adapter for the more cinematic ratio alongside my intention to get a further cinematic feel to the project by doing the film reel/light leak effects, the grade was always going to be important. I shot the footage flat on the 550D so that I could get as much latitude as possible out of the footage once grading. The problem was since the shoe was silver, it appeared such different colours in different settings and since I was pushing my grade heavily towards warmer tones, I didn’t want the true colour of the shoe to be lost in a yellow mush. So I used the Secondary keyer on ever single shot, to isolate the shoe, push it towards the blue, so that on balance it retained a medium tone, also adding a bit of separate ‘Pop’ to make sure the shoes always stood out within the frame. I then also used other instances of Colorista 2 to add a general amount of ‘Pop’ across the frame, add vignettes, using masks to pull back cloud information blown out skies and similarly to tone down blown highlights on the shoes themselves. The secondary keyer really is so useful I kinda wish we had it on every level, but it’s easy enough to just add further instances whenever needed.
I then added a subtle amount of Mojo to each clip, using the warm slider and the mojo balance to get the warmer feel I was after, safe in the knowledge the prep I’d done on the shoes wouldn’t turn the whole thing too warm/yellow.
Then again once I’d edited all the shots together I added a bit more Mojo just to get the final look I was looking for.
Other Red Giant tools I used included SoundKeys which I used along with a lot of keyframing to control some of the lightleaks etc along with the music. I would have used Looks for the grain and hairs, but had my own prepared files that I use for these things.”
Dude – that was awesome. Jim was kind enough to send us the footage pre-grading so you could compare it to the final color corrected version:
You can read more about this project on Jim’s site.