TV-BAY January 2013

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looks, conforming the project and meeting production deadlines. Plan B’s “Playing with Fire” gets the DaVinci Resolve treatment by Dan Moran L ondon-born rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and film director Plan B first hit the hip hop scene with his critically acclaimed debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words in 2006. Since then Plan B has released a further two albums, made on-screen film appearances and picked up scores of industry accolades including Best Male Solo Artist at the 2011 BRIT Awards. His latest album was released earlier in the year and is the soundtrack to the British crime film Ill Manors, which was written and directed by the artist. The soundtrack was the first to be shortlisted for a Mercury Music Prize and has been topping the charts with its fourth single ‘Playing with Fire’. Smoke & Mirrors colourist Dan Moran, graded the music video on Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, working with Plan B and his producers to meet tight deadlines and achieving key looks for ‘Playing with Fire’. “The grade [for ‘Playing with Fire’] was a lot of fun. I love the video and the use of fire is such a powerful image, you have to respect Plan B for actually setting himself on fire,” said Moran. Achieving key looks and colour consistency As the sole colourist, Moran was responsible for achieving the final “There were a few challenges that were thrown our way during the grade, however at the end of the day our main goal was to create a cinematic look that also had a gritty urban London feel. I worked with a variety of content, some filmed specifically for the video as well as footage from Ill Manors, which was shot on a variety of formats including RED Epic, RED One MX and MP4 QuickTime files filmed on a mobile phone.“ Given the variation of camera footage supplied, Moran had to ensure the grade was consistent across all the content. “Using Resolve’s LOG grading toolset was great for this process because the contrast and pivot tool allowed us to achieve the right amount of contrast, giving it a grungy feel without going for the stereotypical bleach bypass, which would have been too harsh on this video because of the fire effects,” said Moran. Hitting the right notes with Plan B “After receiving the RAW files, I spent several hours balancing up the different scenes to make certain the video flowed from one shot to another. The director, DOP and producer came in the 58 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BA073JAN13.indd 58 11/01/2013 14:17