Adding Narrative

Look Inspiration – Adding To The Narrative In A Flashback

January 12, 2016

Sometimes we need to add more to our image to sell a flashback. Dan shares his tips for a firey look and adding diffusion and motion blur.


Just a note: I’ve just moved house and need to do a little tweaking with my audio setup so apologies if my machine is a little loud in this one!

I love grading this footage but unless I have any more particular look requests I think this will be my last insight using it.

To challenge myself further I thought how can I use grading to add to this scene?

My initial thought was to add a flashback feel using both diffusion and motion effects.

After starting this I was inspired to try and add a feeling of a nighttime battle that was interrupted with bright orange as bombs went off and the battlefield was set alight.

It may be a slightly cheesy look but I quite enjoyed making it!

We will be taking this footage from a nighttime feel :

To This Firey Blast Feeling :


DRX Look Files

Last but not least download my node graphs below (accessible to active, logged-in members of the Insights Library). I have exported various stages of the grade from start to finish so you can try them all out.

Download Dan’s DRX Look Files Here

Now that you have everything check out my video below and get grading!


Member Content

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

Need more information about our memberships? Click to learn more.

Membership options
Member Login

Are you using our app? For the best experience, please login using the app's launch screen

1,200+ Tutorials, Articles, and Webinars To Explore

Get 7-day access to our library of over 1,200+ tutorials - for $5!
Do you like what you see? Maintain access for less than $5 per month.

Start Your Test Drive!