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3 Tips to Colour Grading Cinematic Images1 min read

10 February 2021 < 1 min read


3 Tips to Colour Grading Cinematic Images1 min read

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Here are three helpful tips to create cinematic looking images in DaVinci Resolve. 

In my decade-long career as a colorist, I’ve worked on every imaginable type of content: short-form, long-form, advertising, non-fiction, episodic—you name it. And while each of these formats requires its own approach, one constant which spans all of them is the client’s desire for a cinematic look.

Virtually all of us are after more cinematic color, but we often come up short—in part because the term itself has become too broad to effectively aim at. To focus on the goal, I like to think of “cinematic” as referring to “an image whose key visual properties are consistent with those of printed film.”

Printed film was the primary medium by which we consumed movie images for the first century of filmmaking, and thus is at the very heart of the cinematic aesthetic. In this video, I’ll show you my top three secrets for quickly and consistently achieving this aesthetic in Davinci Resolve.

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