Sci-Fi

Creative Grading – Retro Sci-fi Look

May 24, 2017

Sometimes you have to go full cheese and pay homage to looks and films from the 70s and 80s. In this insight we create a retro Sci-Fi look


Series

Close Encounters Of The Grading Kind

In this Insight, we are going to look at creating a Retro Sci-Fi grade which is steeped in nostalgia.

After almost 5 months I am now back at home and starting to return to normal life!

I still don’t have my desk, computer or even chair back but I’m still celebrating.

This insight is recorded at my kitchen table as I thought it would be great to jump back into my creative grading video insights as a celebration.

I recently had to do a very fun grade for a flashback section in a brand film for a football club.

The lighting is perfect for a throwback to the classics I grew up on like ET and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Beam Me Up, Scotty

Here is some example of where we’re going to take the grade :

 

Wide Ungraded w/Rec709 Lut
Wide Ungraded w/Rec709 Lut
Graded Wide
Graded Close Up

 

As you can see it’s a pretty cheesy but fun grade.

In the original grade, I used tools like:

  • Resolve FX Tilt Shift
  • Resolve FX Glow
  • Resolve FX Grain
  • All the regular grading tools

As not everyone has access to these tools I’ll show you how to build this grade in the non-studio version of DaVinci Resolve.

If you have any requests for more looks please let me know as I had a lot of fun creating this insight.

If you’ve got any questions, be sure to leave a comment!

-Dan

Member Content

Sorry... the rest of this content is for members only. You'll need to login or sign up to continue (we hope you do!).

Membership options
Member Login

Comments

Homepage Forums Creative Grading – Retro Sci-fi Look

  • This topic has 6 replies, 2 voices, and was last updated 5 years, 1 month ago by rneil@rneilphotog.com.
Viewing 3 reply threads
    • I love using printer light keys for a look like this. I also use luma qualifiers to recreate the primary ranges while still using the print light keys

    • I love using printer light keys for a look like this. I also use luma qualifiers to recreate the primary ranges while still using the print light keys


    • rneil@rneilphotog.com
      Guest

      Fascinated in how the tilt/shift added so much to the look.


    • rneil@rneilphotog.com
      Guest

      Fascinated in how the tilt/shift added so much to the look.

Viewing 3 reply threads
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Hundreds of Free Tutorials

Get full access to our entire library of 900+ color tutorials for an entire week!


Start Your Free Trial
Loading...