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


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!


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2 thoughts on “Creative Grading – Retro Sci-fi Look”

  1. 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

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