Bread Short Film

Behind The Curtain – Bread Short Film Part One

March 7, 2018

In this new series, Dan is showing a real-time grade of the bread short film he graded recently. Shot in less than ideal conditions with natural light on a compressed camera, it's a great chance to see the good the bad and the ugly from the grading suite.


Part One: Bread Short Film Grading

In this Insight we are going to take a look at the grade on the bread short film that I recently graded for a friend.

The Grade

This project is a great one to share behind the curtain on. It was a free grade for a friend who went out and shot in the snow for fun.

The reason is it’s awesome is it has real-world problems and it wasn’t shot with any lights, on a compressed camera with normal lenses.

It also wasn’t even shot log!

It’s a much harder grade than most footage I use here on Mixing Light so it should be great to show my approach to footage that doesn’t respond as you expect.

This series literally starts from the beginning and will continue on to the end with a finished grade.

If I’m being to slow or detailed please do let me know and I’ll try and speed them up a bit!

A breakdown of the ideas and processes I cover in the video below :

  • Deciding on a look that will add to the feel of the film
  • Matching reference stills
  • Testing the look across multiple shots before sharing with the client
  • Re-checking the grade against the references halfway through
  • Initial grade set using primaries and highlight control.

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  • Bernd Gareis

    Really looking forward to the matching part

  • Hey Dan, I’m a freelancer and this is usually the type of footage I work with… 8bit h.264 (or the like) is usually what comes through my suite and seeing someone of your calibre (et al) tackle these issues and seeing how you deal within the constraints of these codecs is the most interesting – and helpful for me, as a colourist! These “Behind the Curtain” and also the “From the Grading Suite” series are fantastic. Please keep them going!!! Thanks to the trio for a great site… Cheers, danny – Australia.

    p.s. The addition of the cropped ‘live-cam’ in the corner is really informative also, thanks for cutting that in!


    I occasionally get some good, thick media with lots of bits. Most of the time 8-bit All-I mov is the best I get to work. Around 95 Mbps is the tops. I get standard long-GOP a lot. Pretty thin media. Almost any significant change induces trouble: artifacts, noise, macroblocking. It requires a deft soft shoe approach, figuring out the least actual change that effectively evokes the feel or look, often built by layering a series of tiny changes. It’s quite nice to see you working with roughly similar media. Thanks for doing this series.

  • Great stuff Dan. Something i can relate to as most of the material i work on is like this or worse. So when ifinaly do get good material it seems too easy :-).
    Lets see how the real pros not hacks like me lhandle this stuff.
    Again tnx for this series.

  • Daniel R

    The wrong video is linked to this tutorial. Would love to see Part One of this series.

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