Behind The Curtain – Commercial 2: From Base Grade to Final Look

February 26, 2018

In this Insight, Dan covers another of his behind the curtain commercials. This time we look at a bright morning kitchen scene. In this real-world assessment and grade, Dan focuses on getting a bright airy feel without losing on the filmic sense.


Part 5: Color Grading Commercial #2

In this Insight we are going to take a look at the grade on commercial two out of 10. It’s probably the one shot the best and required the least amount of work.

The Grade

In the video below I show my real-time approach to grading the commercial.

These are a great chance to experiment with how the behind the curtain series progresses and grows.

The footage is good enough to give it a nice look, it has a couple of minor issues that I fix and it’s also not too long so I can do it all in real time.

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

  • Establishing the time of day based on the title of the edit
  • Going for a cooler white to keep it fresh
  • Managing highlights
  • Going bright but keeping the filmicĀ feel
  • Dropping saturation to keep it expensive feeling
  • Gentle defocus to lead the eye

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