Neo Noir B&W – Using Hardlight Blending Mode

Neo Noir B&W – Using Hardlight Blending Mode

December 4, 2014

Creating a feature film neo noir look can be tough. Dan shares his look using hardlight blending modes instead of his beloved curves.

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Neo-Noir B&W – Using Hardlight Blending Mode

Welcome back to the land of look adventures!

This week I had to come up with a Sin City style look for a music video that will be shot in the next couple of weeks so I thought it would be great to share my method with you guys.

I also set myself the challenge of trying to stay away from the curves. I love curves and build most of my looks there so this was like grading with one arm behind my back!

The great thing about getting out of your comfort zone is you stumble upon brand new looks and tones that you never would have achieved normally

Why Hardlight?

I wish I could come up with a great story behind what gave me the inspiration behind using a hardlight blending mode but it comes down to a very simple result.

I tried them all!

Hardlight gave me a result that worked to my eyes so I rolled with it. It is very close to an overlay but gave me slightly different results that felt like I could dodge and burn in a nice natural way.

Check out my video below to find out more!

– Dan

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    • Christophe Delaunay

      I do like the organic result, bravo!

      One question about the workflow. Let’s say you have a whole short to grade like this, it would mean a lot of secondaries: would you first match all shots with B&W look on a first grading pass, and then add secondaries on a second, or you’d try to do all-at-once (primary & secondaries) one shot after another (which sounds more difficult)? Thanks.

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