Baselight Start to Finish – Series Overview Kodachrome Inspired Look

April 20, 2020

An introduction into building a Kodachrome inspired look on Arri Alexa footage using Basegrade, Looks, Grain and Color Crosstalk


Nostalgic Golden Tones

Going Retro In a Modern Colour Managed Pipeline

In this Insight we kick off some Kodachrome inspired adventures in Baselight.

  • Base Grade
  • Grain
  • Color Crosstalk
  • Look operators
  • Grading in T-Log / E-Gamut working colour space with the T-CAM DRT.

I used Base Grade, Grain, Color Crosstalk and Look operators to take some modern Arri Alexa footage and push it towards nostalgic golden Kodak Kodachrome tones

This is an introduction to the project and a breakdown of how the main look is achieved.

The full-length insights on the grading process are quite detailed and real-time so I always like to do an introduction to the project before diving into the nitty gritty step by step.

You can check out the finished spot here.

Directed by the ever amazing Emily McDonald

In the upcoming Insight we’ll go back to the beginning and cover:

  • Setting up the project
  • Adding a custom format for the project aspect ratio
  • Colour Management
  • Scene Detection
  • Loading Up The Offline & Audio

Comments Please!

I’m always extra excited to hear comments on these Insights as I can make sure to cover any questions in the next part.



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  • Martí Somoza

    Amazing grade and great insight! Baselight is so powerful. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Verne Mattson

    I’m glad you’re doing this series on Baselight.

  • Jeffrey S

    How are you able to use Baselight on what seems to be a home studio setup? Since there’s no standalone software version.

  • Dan Moran

    This is recorded in the Baselight student version which runs on most mac systems

  • Luca

    What Mac are you running it on?

  • François Dompierre

    Thanks Dan! Looking forward to the next chapters as I just started learning Baselight. The student edition is working well on our new Mac Pro and we had some Tangent panels collecting dust in storage. It’s a nice little setup to practice Baselight. But the software is so different and the UI is cluttered …and there’s not a lot of tutorials. So thanks!

  • Ben Nardini

    Very cool, thanks Dan! Like François looking forward cause I try to learn baselight too

  • Jose Santos

    Loving these baselight insights! Keep it up!

  • Stephen W

    Hi Dan, Great tutorial. After you’ve ran scene detection can you change the global input color space? When I change it in my sequence tab it’s only effecting the shot my cursor is on. I’m also not seeing this option under scene settings. Thank you!

  • Dan Moran

    You can indeed, I’ll probably cover this a little more in my next insight as I had already changed mine before scene detecting it. If you select all the clips and then push cmd+g that turns on grouping and the clips should flash red. Swap the input colour space and then push cmd+g again to turn it off.

  • Sami B

    We’re going to break it down all the way from every single layer used.

    I’m not really seeing a lot of layers there…

  • Matthew Fletcher

    Very helpful, thank you!

  • Stephen W

    Hi Dan, How did you get the drop down menu out of the Hue Shift button to bring up looks?


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