Grading Challenge – Follow My Brief

August 10, 2017

Following a brief for unattended grades can be incredibly difficult. Dan sets up a virtual client grade and will give feedback on your grade in the comments


Grading Challenge – Follow My Brief

Client Briefing And Feedback Challenge

I have been doing so many unattended grades these days where I’ve been sent some stills and a few lines of text as a brief.

These jobs can be so difficult as if we misinterpret one small detail we go off on a tangent and end up running into trouble when the client first looks at it.

With that in mind, I’d like to set a grading challenge.

At the very bottom of this article, there is a link to some demo footage, my text brief and also some reference images.

I want you to grade the shot and post either a still or a link to a moving version.

I’ll then give you feedback as a virtual client. I’ll try and randomise my feedback so it’s not all essentially “good grading”.

I’ll make sure to reference my real world client feedback to make sure it’s as hilarious as the feedback I get.

Half the battle of being a professional colorist is knowing how to dynamically change your grades and manage the client’s feedback.

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16 thoughts on “Grading Challenge – Follow My Brief”

    1. Just had feedback from the client. They love how the darker sections feel dusky. Could we push the daylight sections to feel more like sunset? We also just had the car color reference. It should match Pantone 3115.

    1. Just had feedback from our client. Our director loves the look but the client was wondering if there is any way to make the car pop through out the shot? Even though they requested a filmic feel they are comparing our grade to the press stills which are mega sharp and modern. We also have this reference color for the car now of Pantone 3115

    1. Looks great Glen! Could we try and push more grain and filmic feel into the image? The clients love it but the director was hoping to add more grain and grit to the image. We also now have a color reference of Pantone 3115 for the care. If you could match it to the reference that would be great!

    1. Looks great Tony! The client thinks we could actually go darker on the image. Could we push it all a bit more towards sunset while keeping the car popping out? It would be great to see it with heavier grain also. Could you match the car to the Pantone reference we just received? Its Pantone 3115. Thanks!

      1. Hey John,

        Sorry about that I totally missed this!

        I love what you’ve done with this. The levels feel dark and moody but the detail is all there in the blacks.

        Any way we could pull the magenta out of the highlights if possible?

        Could we also darken the left hand of frame at 00:00:04?

        Can’t wait to see the next version!

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