On Facebook today in the Adelaide Film Makers Hub Group Yash asked if it’s better to achieve this look in-camera or in post-production.
I am a big fan of getting it right in-camera but achieving a stylised look like this in camera can stuff everything up later in the project.
Node 1 the vignette
Normally the first shot would be the colour-correction grade. Because the colours in this video are good I moved straight onto the Vignette to add that moody look. The post from Yash used dynamic lighting to create the shadows, but for this we are faking it 🙂
Node 2 select skin tones
Use the colour selection tool to select only the skin tones. (top left).
Fine-tune the denoise, clean black, white and blur radius to remove any noise your selection has created.
You can use this node to correct any skin-tone colour issues.
Node 3 the outside selection
The outside selection node selects the inverse of the node before. This allows us to adjust the colours of the shot without changing the skin tone.
I’ve pushed the Lift and Gamma on this node down into the green to give the shaddows and mid-tone the green look. Notice that it has not changed the skin tone grade.
You can now make any final tweaks on your final node to things like saturation, gamma and offset.
Any questions please feel free to shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org