Creative Grading – Retro Sci-fi Look

May 24, 2017
Dan Moran C.S.I.

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

Creative Grading – 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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