View Full Version : GH4 color grading overview for film festival premiere

06-01-2017, 05:47 AM
Below are some frames from a short film project titled "Sal's Auto" I've been color grading in preparation for it's world premiere at the Oakville Film Festival on June 24th 2017. Any suburban residents to the Toronto area can check out the oakville film festival website offa.ca (www.offa.ca) for more details.

This was shot on the Panasonic GH4 in v-log 4K and graded in DaVinci Resolve using a complete roundtrip workflow. I've graded a lot of footage from various cameras over the years, including the F55 I've now owned for over 3 years, and the footage from the Panasonic GH4 continues to impress me. This is the 2nd project shot with the GH4 that I've worked on and I really love working with it. The latitude of the camera is quite huge and I find it very easy to get what you want from it in the color without any stress. Its also fully compatible with ARRI Log-C 3D LUTs if you decide to go that route.

Despite coming up with various initial looks for the film that I thought looked cool (punchy saturated contrasty images reduced to skin-color and an overall blue hue) for this drama set mostly in a garage location, the producer and director wanted a subtle look with less emphasis on the saturation of the location background and contrast to match the emotional tone of the story. With the footage from this camera I could really take the image anywhere I needed to. Again I'm truly impressed with this camera.

Seen below was the typical node layout I used for nearly every scene during grading. Skin was always colored separately after the overall scene/image was colored and graded. The film is 8 minutes in total length and took approximately 1 week to color mostly working 1/2 days on it here and there. Approximately 24-30 hours total if I had to estimate.


I put a quick demo video together to send to the producers and show them the level of work required to re-color the skin separate from the background, you might find it interesting to watch. Or not. https://youtu.be/CGlOd44LV00


Frame grabs from draft grade of film, not final but close:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4228/34186242364_9db40f2aa0_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/U5VqPN)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4198/34911244486_84ff7989c0_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/VbZfGo)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4269/34564570980_935fb1ca83_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UEmsJY)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4197/34564570680_84e707ae69_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UEmsDN)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4268/34952192735_c32a9454f4_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/VfB8bF)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4202/34802622562_6df5cd292d_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/V2oxbA)

06-05-2017, 02:47 PM
I was asked about the nodes in my layout and what they all do, so here they are. There's different ways to go about it, but this is how I do it anyways: