Sunday, September 25, 2011

Anatomy of a Grade - Episode 08 - Digital Re-lighting Part 2

Well its been a few months but I've finally gotten around to posting the 8th installment of the anatomy of a grade web series. My apologies to everyone who's been asking for this sooner, but work has kept me ridiculously busy (and for all you fellow freelancers out there, you know how grateful we are when that ACTUALLY happens).

This Episode focuses on a tough "pickup shot" from the Bollywood feature film "Chittagong", that was shot well after principle photography (by a completely different crew). The closeup shot had completely mismatched lighting from the wide and required some serious "digital re-lighting" to accomplish the task. Once again, a combination of basic primary color correction and some animated "power windows" did the trick and allowed the shot to fit in nicely with the sequence. Take a look: (please note, the shot in question is rather dark and contrasty so be sure your monitor isn't "crunching your blacks" and heightening contrast too much, in order to properly view the layers of the grade)


  1. Really i appreciate the effort you made to share the knowledge.nice post.....
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  2. Hey Chris,

    fantastic work! I'm just starting in color correction and grading by using Adobe Speedgrade. Your explainations really help me to understand what I have to look for when doing my cc and cg work.

    Do you have examples on how to approach really bad footage? Something that was really hard to grade or so (5D Mark II Footage would be great). I could also send you single DPX files for examples. I would love to know how to start on low budget footage where it was more like a point and shoot workflow.