Posts tagged grading
Ethanol

We recently partnered up with our friends at Oct28 Productions to create another micro-documentary look at a new solar array installation at the Pacific Ethanol plant in Madera, CA.

Borrego Solar reached out to us to create another one of our engaging stories, and as usual we couldn’t have been more excited to jump immediately on this. With stunning production work by Scott Mason and his team, all the footage was promptly sent to Sutro where Afonso Salcedo took the helm editing and color grading the video.

Check out the video below, and learn more about why renewable energy resources are more important than ever.

Thank you to everyone involved, especially the team at Borrego Solar who we love working with in our already multi-year creative partnership.

Seventy

So proud to share with you all this micro-documentary we edited and color graded for our friends at Mr. Smith production company, and JFK University.

It was a tremendous amount of work, but we couldn't be more excited for another touching and successful creative collaboration with these guys. Thank you to David Valentin and Daniel Corona for always believing in Sutro.

MGM

We're about to wrap up this week a new story vignette with Mr. Smith. The amazing team of David Valentin and Daniel Corona did all the shoots, but we finished the editing and color grading for the whole piece at Sutro.

Love working with those guys, and coming from Mr. Smith we always know we're getting cinematic looking shots to play with, which is incredibly satisfying in post-production.

The original scoring for the video has been approved, and we'll be wrapping up the whole project this week, and we can't wait to share some more with you.

Until then, hope you enjoy these frame grabs from the video for a sneak peek...

SXSW 2015

We will not be attending SXSW this year, but we will be there in spirit. We recently completed work doing VFX and Color Grading for the South by Southwest film festival bumpers, with the creative team behind the beautiful Pixar short film "The Blue Umbrella", and SXSW just published a quick interview about it.

We will have much more press and news about this soon, and eventually we will post a more detailed behind-the-scenes of how we brought everything to life in these bumpers, but for now, we couldn't feel luckier to have collaborated with Saschka Unseld and Kyle Ranson-Walsh in this adventure.

If you go to SXSW, let us know what you thought! Read more here:

http://sxsw.com/film/news/2015/sxsw-2015-film-bumpers-revealed

Nuke and Resolve

We've been working non-stop over the past couple of weeks in some new videos that we cannot wait to share more details on. Depending heavily on Nuke for compositing, and Resolve for color grading, these have been incredibly challenging to complete, but it's some of the most fun we've had.

The power and flexibility of compositing in Nuke using its 3D environment, mixed with the color grading power of DaVinci Resolve is nothing short of outstanding. And this being officially the first big project we complete in our new office space in Oakland, makes it all even more exciting.

Since we can't yet share details of what this is is, here's a little tease that shows a before and after of a single frame. We were given the green screen plate you see on top, and we created what you see in the bottom frame.

Need some green screen keying? Compositing? Grading? Need to learn any of these things? Let us know. We're soon starting small private lessons and workshops in our office space to teach some of these things. Send us a message in our contact page for more information.

Karma Color

We can finally share the two videos we graded for Kyle Ranson-Walsh in New York City. We love everything about these two commercials, and the product itself. They were all filmed and produced in NYC, and the plates were transferred to us for final grading. You can read more about Karma in the following TechCrunch article or their website:

TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/23/karma-rolls-out-an-lte-version-of-its-pay-as-you-go-mobile-hotspot-pre-order-for-99/

Karma Website: https://yourkarma.com/

We did all the color grading for these using our suite and DaVinci Resolve. If you want us to work on your videos for grading, please don't hesitate to send us a quick hello! We would LOVE to work with you.

Check out the videos below, and THANK YOU to Kyle for hiring us for this. We can't wait to work with him again.

Grading Commercials

We just completed color grading a couple of commercials produced by Kyle Ranson-Walsh (kyleransonwalsh.com) in NYC. Using Dropbox for transferring files, and Google Hangouts for note sessions, this was a perfect little exercise in one of our biggest passions: color.

We won't mention the client quite yet, so stay tuned for an update, but until then have a look at the screenshots below to get a feel for how important color grading is in video/film.

Do you have a project you need to color grade? Let us know!

Before grading the picture is pretty flat, you don't know where to look, and overall looks dull and lifeless.

After grading you know where to look. In this case, the brightest value of skin tones is with our main character working on his laptop to the left. Color values are balanced, highlights and low values as well in tune with the rest of the commercial, and skin tones are appealing.

Haiti. Episode 2.

We are proud to announce the latest episode of our Haiti web series is now online. It chronicles the ongoing efforts of Rise2Shine in saving children's lives in one of the poorest countries of the world. 

Play the video below, or check out the full project on Haiti, an on-going exhibition page with photography and video on our website here.

Haiti/Rise2Shine Episode 02 - Update

We're almost ready to publish the second episode of our Haiti/Rise2Shine web series, which you can follow on our main Haiti page here, but we couldn't stop ourselves from sharing a still frame from this new video.

We loved this little girl. We were visiting her "home" at the base of the mountains close to Fonds Parisien, an hour away from Port-au-Prince.

She is one of the children enrolled by Rise2Shine at their pre-school, and one of the poorest kids in that community.

One of the children from Rise2Shine.