This project started last November (I put it off for far too long).
Over thanksgiving break my goal was to get out and shoot. I grabbed my sister at golden hour and we headed outside. We started shooting the snow stuff – then the next day we shot the river scenes.
I threw a lav on her also and we started just chatting conversationally. I asked her about something she was learning recently. She talked about a book she was reading by Tim Keller and how it spoke of “being present.”
I have seen a huge realization lately in culture to this idea; so I kept asking her questions about it. I walked and filmed her as we talked. This kept the tone conversational and simple.
I put the project off for so long that when our family went to Florida months later, I decided to pick up some more shots.
Post production took me the longest. Here’s a deeper look into the color side of things.
For me, once I have the edit locked down I open the Premiere project inside After Effects. The first thing I do before touching anything is go to project settings and switch the bits per channel from 8 to 16 (this helps in grading).
Next, I apply neatvideo to each clip individually to clean up the digital noise. This gives us a great 16bit image to deal with in the grade.
When applying neatvideo – you want to make sure your comp resolution is at “full.” Also when selecting digital grain – I make sure the quality is greater than 50%.
Now I start to balance all the clips. I usually just use levels for this – you can see when you line up the RGB shadows/highlights you get a properly white balanced image (for the most part).
This also allows me to adjust exposure where needed. I try to keep these adjustments subtle in nature.
Finally, I create a stylistic grade on one of the images. Then I start to apply that style to the rest of the clips. Matching clips is key.
A huge tool for me in this process is the Hue/Saturation tool. I can use it to match skin tones and grass color. Just anything to make shots match.
You can take a snapshot with the camera button, then display that snapshot later with the “show snapshot” button.
For matching clips this is speedy dream come true.
Another tip: you can capture multiple snapshots with the F keys. Press (Apple+F5-F8) to display the snaphot and press (Shift+Apple+F5-F8) to take a snapshot.