Color Grading ‘Origins’ In Baselight – Project Overview

January 4, 2020

In this new series, Dan's grading the short film 'Origins' (using Baselight). It's got VFX, ACES, multiple deliverables (and light sabers).

Day 4: 24 Insights In 24 Days – 2020 New Year Marathon!

Grading a long time ago in a galaxy far far away

Welcome to the first insight in an exciting new series here on Mixing Light.  In this series, we are going to take a look at the grade and online from start to finish of an amazing fan film ‘Star Wars Origins’.

Here’s the full film:


The Details

Phil Hawkins a great friend of mine directed the film. Shot on RED Weapon 8K HELIUM S35 camera and KOWA Evolution anamorphic lenses.

Living out a childhood dream couldn’t have had a better starting point as David Meadows the cinematographer captured amazing looking images right on the sensor.

I know this isn’t a real Disney level official film but it’s as close as I’m going to get unless I change my name to Stefan Sonnenfeld or Walter Volpatto. The best part of it being a fan film is that we truly get access to all areas:

  • The director Phil was the editor so I have the actual edit project in Premiere
  • I have all the original rushes from both the RED Weapon and the Drone (shot raw)
  • I have all the VFX from starting previs right up to the final renders used in the film
  • I also graded and onlined the film so I have every single element – and I can share these with you (except not the actual footage files).

If you’d like to really dive into every aspect of the film, Phil has a great youtube channel and has documented every step of making the Origins film

A little background on the project itself.

It’s just under 20 mins, split into 4 reels and finished at DCI 4k (4096×2160) in ACES for both HDR and SDR.

The first premiered in a cinema in London for press and Q&A screenings. Then, it premiered on Youtube where most people are going to see it.

This is going to be a very in-depth series, as it’s being finished to a studio standard I’m going to go into a huge amount of detail on each step of the way. Obviously, certain things like conforming might not be fun to watch in real-time so I might speed up these moments and compress time when a repetitive task is happening. But apart from that it’s going to be all warts and full view of working on a narrative project like this.

Jump over to the video, where I tell you more about this project and this series.



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  • Bernd G

    Dan, what happened to “Color Grading In Spectachrome”, now you start something new, while the old is still unfinished?

  • Verne Mattson

    I’m really looking forward to this series. I use Baselight Editions for Avid whenever I can and I’d love to see the workflow for a full Baselight system in action.

  • RAMI A

    That’s great looking forward to this series, In Resolve you can change the node color space to YUV or LAB and use the RGB mixer to do some nice looks, is it possible in baselight to do it in the same way?
    thank you

  • Marc Wielage

    Baselight is a wonderful system, and I think there’s value for everybody in understanding how different systems work. They have some really elegant solutions to solving color problems in Baselight, and their Blackboard control surface is second to none.

  • Marty

    I’ve been trying to figure this out with no luck too.

  • Jamie Dickinson

    I’m pretty sure that the Baselight equivalent to the Resolve RGB Mixer is called the Crosstalk Operator but I’m sure someone can confirm /correct that? I’m really looking forward to to the rest of this series!

  • Dan Moran

    Hey Bernd! I have a brand new Insight in that series coming out on Thursday (9th Of Jan 2020) Apologies for leaving a gap in that series. This Star Wars film was a large project so I wanted to kick off the Marathon with a bang while it was all still fresh in my mind. I’m also going to be grading some new Spectachrome projects shot in LA this month so I’ll make sure to share behind the curtain on the 2nd film also once it’s completed.

  • Jan K

    Looking forward to the rest of the series. I’ve had the chance to dabble in Baselight for Avid, but haven’t wrapped my head around it entirely. But very intrigued by what I’ve seen. So this will be a fantastic departure from Resolve.

  • Manas d

    its great tutorial..i am so looking for baselight insider tips and tricks. Perhaps a highquality course that i can keep as my handbook. In mumbai i m craving but unable to find a proper highend advance knowledge sharing. coz its so niche. also coming from davinci, python and baselight is so vast and wud really like to master it. Here Most In person training session are just guys mugging up the basics and also not cost value to what i get, also just the workflow but knowledge to troubleshoot and going creative in baselight it so scarcity . Would be really good if you guys could accept that baselight and davinci both are useful for highgrade industry standard & please include baselight properly in mixinglight.

  • Pat Inhofer

    Marc – if you hear of anyone wanting to donate a Blackboard to our educational mission, let us know! 😉

  • RAMI A

    thank you Jamie
    Crosstalk is the right one as Resolve RGB Mixer.

  • Ahmed S

    This looks like it will be a great series. Looking forwards to it, and have a lot of little Baselight questions, waiting to be answered.

  • Robert K

    Really looking forward to this series! Where can I find the follow up videos to this as I’ve noticed that this was uploaded in 2020? I’m fairly new to mixinglight as I only joined yesterday so maybe missing something. Thanks

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