Three weeks have passed since my last post, and I have met with my mentor in that time. This meeting we discussed polishing my visual effects, and to really sell the effect. For example, my mentor pointed out that my effects were much higher quality than my actual footage, which was something that I should work on. By adding a few pixels of blur to my effect layers I can make them seem around the same quality as my footage, so everything looks all the more realistic. Additionally what we discussed is realistic camera shake to my finished effects, so “the effects look natural and smooth, versus a perfectly still shot that gives off an artificial vibe”. Moreover, my mentor talked to me about colour correction, and how much colour correction improves a video. We looked at examples of video’s before colour correction and after, and the change if very dramatic. At the end we talked about developing a script for my final project, which is most likely going to be a sci-fi style movie trailer. My mentor told me to start thinking of a script for the trailer, and to begin planning it out. Then the next time we meet I will show my thoughts, and my mentor will provide me with feedback.
I worked on going back to my previous files and improving the visual effects, such as adding some blur and grain to the effect so it better suits the video. Additionally I practiced basic colour correcting with DaVinci Resolve, which is a software designed around colour correction. I changed the saturation and hue of a video clip to make the colours pop out more, and also adjusted the brightness and contrast of the clip. This is useful if the scene is too bright or too dark. To take it even further, I masked out specific areas of the scene that I specifically wanted to correct, and applied colour changes to that specific selection. For example I masked out the sky and tinted it a red colour to give off the impression that it is evening. I plan to finish my script and plan for my movie trailer in the next week, so that I can begin planning how to actually shoot the footage and create the visual effects for it.
How To Have A Beautiful Mind:
During my meeting with my mentor, I was able to incorporate some of DeBono’s concepts from How To Have A Beautiful Mind.
How to listen:
Me: So I heard you use two terms that sound similar when explaining video colour: colour correction and colour grading. What’s the difference between these two?
Mentor: Well, the terms are actually quite similar. Colour correction is done first to a shot, and it is mostly just the larger areas of adjusting a video. This includes the contrast, exposure, brightness, and white balance. Then afterwards, colour grading is more precise. In colour grading you adjust the curve levels, hue, tone, and colour temperature of a video.
Me: Oh, okay. So I would colour correct first and then grade afterwards?
Mentor: Basically, but before we dive too deep into colour correction I want you to learn the basics first.
DeBono says that if “you listen carefully and attentively you will get more value from listening than talking” (p. 67). By probing further into what my mentor says, I was able to learn new information about colour correction that I wouldn’t have if I wasn’t listening so attentively. Furthermore when my mentor stated they “personally didn’t use the hue modifier to colour correct their videos,” I gained an insight to my mentors values, and how they had their preferred methods.
How to Ask Questions:
Mentor: When you add blur to any of your videos, be careful because digital blurring may cause dirty edges to your clip.
Me: Really? How does that happen?
Mentor: It’s actually quite complicated. It has to do with the video colour interpretation of a camera, and how it is calculated.
Me: Oh, but I still don’t fully understand how this works. How is the colour calculated?
Mentor: I actually have a video about this that I can show you.
(We watch the video- you can view it if you want at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKnqECcg6Gw)
DeBono says that questions generate interaction, and by questioning the reasoning behind my mentors statements I was able to create an interaction between us by watching a video that explained the situation. Due to my asking for an explanation behind my mentors words I was able to clarify an explanation, and fully understand the topic we were discussing. If I didn’t ask for clarification then I likely might not have seen the science video, and then I wouldn’t have understood the reasoning behind my mentors words.
Now, here is my attempt at colour correction! The video starts off with the original clip, and then wipe transitions into the colour corrected video that I created so you can see the footage before and after. I went for a reddish tone, to simulate a cinematic-style evening compared to the boring original scene. I used the curves modifier, the hue and contrast modifier, and the brightness and exposure settings to get this final look. I will continue practicing and improving my colour correction skills, and I will continue to get better and better at video editing!
And that my friend, is the end of this years fourth In-Depth blog post!