Series: Directing Colour
In the first episode of the series, Ollie introduces us to the concept of “Directing Colour” as he begins to produce a commercial for a boutique catering company. He takes us through the process of how he developed a colour palette for their brand which will be woven into the production design for the commercial, and explains how the relationships between colours can create compositional balance in your images. Show Less
Here, Ollie gives us a quick primer on how the human visual system affects our perception of colour and why that means certain colours recede and others advance in our perception.
In this video, Ollie takes us through the process of building custom LUTs on set for monitoring. He shows how simple steps before rolling the camera can ensure everyone on set is connected with the image and able to see how the film’s look is developing in every frame. Show Less
With everything now set to record, Ollie focuses on how simple colour and contrast management in production can maximise the quality of your digital negative. From using probes to ensure camera monitors are calibrated, to using charts to ensure white balance and contrast are consistent across all cameras; Ollie shows us his top tips for in-camera colour management. Show Less
With production wrapped on the commercial, Ollie brings us into the grading suite to discuss how contrast can be introduced in post-production to add depth. Ollie also shows us examples from ‘The Crown’ to reinforce this.
In the final episode of the series Ollie delves into the most exciting part of colour grading - conveying mood and eliciting emotion with colour. He shows us how this is used so effectively in ‘Whiplash’, where colour becomes a signifier to the emotional journey of the film’s protagonist. Show Less