By Nita Deshmukh. Posted on October 08, 2015
Colour correction or colour grading is often the least talked about and most overlooked aspect of the post-production process for the film. Yet the look and feel of the movie depends to a large extent on the skills of a digital colorist. Digital colorists work closely with the director and especially with the director of photography, to either color correct certain parts or to synchronize the look of the movie.
Many a times due to budgetary and time constraints, DPs don’t get the time they need to light the set to the fullest extent, so they depend on the colorist to give the image additional edge they weren’t able to perform on set.
A good colorist will ensure that the footage matches perfectly from shot to shot, and they are often a great second set of eyes to give a new perspective on what the project is about and how it can look its best.
DaVinci Resolve is a high end colour grading application that is used to correct and enhance the colour of films. It has been used to colour grade more feature films and TV spots than any other system and is considered to be the benchmark against which all systems are measured.
DaVinci Resolve dates back to 1984 when the corrector was used in conjunction with a telecine system and only very rudimentary colour correction could be performed. Years later and after lot of groundbreaking development DaVinci Resolve software (the flagship product of DaVinci Systems), is now owned and furthered in development by Blackmagic Design.
Recently Colorist Sudip Shrestha shared this video of him working on a frame from Rahul Dholakia's Raees. Watch it below and see for yourselves what a colorist does.
Perhaps the most exciting and revolutionary part is the fact that the system once costing in the hundreds of thousands of dollars is now available for free in the Lite version.