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Creativity knows no boundaries
Prior to beginning the shoot, Linnhoff spent some time considering the
grading process. Before the arrival of his camera, Linnhoff spent several
weeks familiarizing himself with DaVinci Resolve Lite using online video
tutorials. This, according to Linnhoff, is an important step for anyone not
familiar with a RAW workflow.
Knowing what was possible through Resolve allowed Linnhoff to make
certain judgement calls during the shoot, in particular, around the lighting of
specific scenes. The second scene was especially difficult to light well he
revealed, particularly the girl who stood in front of a mirror. Short on time
and lacking space for setting up lights, Linnhoff underexposed the shot
knowing he could correct it in Resolve.
“We had a dolly moving back with a strong counter light coming from the
window. We were in a rush and decided to get her a bit underexposed. I
could easily heighten the exposition of the girl’s area by tracking her and
adding a matte. When the boy crossed her in the foreground, I simply
added a mask to cancel the correction on the girl’s area,” he said.
“Situated in a valley and surrounded
by high trees, the light was constantly
diffuse and soft. Because of that, we
didn’t need much in the way of artificial
lighting, just some reflectors indoors,
several Fresnels and a Kino Flo. The
makeup artist also did a great job of
adding fine details to the characters’
faces. I knew shooting RAW would
allow more precise adjustments during
the grade in Resolve, such as scars
and circles around the eyes,” he said.
During the grade, Linnhoff made fine adjustments by setting his exposure,
contrast and RGB balance. “I didn’t add much saturation to the original
look, and my goal was to track and showcase my characters using mattes
and adding sharpness to some specific details, including facial details. I
could easily desaturate some colors in specific areas,” he said.
“I’m still impressed to see how well the tracking feature works in Resolve,
even for fast movements. I find the software very complete and intuitive. To
get the full Resolve license with the camera is great.
“Owning a tool like the Blackmagic Cinema Camera pushes me to go
further and be more creative,” explained Linnhoff. “The freedom and
independence I now have means my creativity knows no boundaries.”
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