The Blockbuster Color Grading by Adeep Oberoi.
This week the weekly color grading palette is the Blockbuster Color Palette used in the movie The Transformers.
Every week for the next two months I will post a weekly color palette. This one is dedicated to my good friend “Eric Needle” from Longbow Inc. in Melbourne FL. LONGBOW is one of the greatest digital content providers.
COLOR PALETTES are great for getting all your colors great and matching. After all, every color tells a story. Di colorists love palettes for color correcting and color grading. I have seen many cinematographers, producers and directors work with their own custom made color pallets.
Great for using in videos, filming and photography.
“THE BLOCKBUSTER color palette”
The most common look in movie and cinema today is called the ‘Blockbuster Look’, it is commonly used on high end films and DI colorists refer to it as blockbuster look. This look is known for having cool shadows as well as warm skin tones and highlights, it adds a very nice color contrast to the image when applied correctly.
Megan Fox in The Transformers
THE TRANSFORMERS BLOCKBUSTER LOOK
Vibrant complimentary colors in which the skin tones play a leading role. Everything color this image compliments the skin tones.
Complimentary colors are colors directly opposite each other in the color spectrum. The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation.
Notice that in our Blockbuster color palette, yellow and blue are complimentary colors, they are opposite of each other (complimentary).
Also the orange (skin tones) and teal are complimentary colors, they are opposite of each other (complimentary).
Basically, we see that four of the five colors from the Blockbuster color palette are complimentary colors to each other. Another reason why this color palette works over and over again in color grading, and the same reason why the audience will love it over and over again.
GREAT LOOKING SKIN-TONES
Good looking skin tones are very appealing to the eyes, the blockbuster color-look capitalizes on this in the color correction and grades, you could say that the skin tones are the most important color in the palette, to support the skin tones even more, TEAL is added to the palette to emphasize the skin tones as teal is complimentary to orange (orange being the skin tone). This is also called the TEAL & ORANGE color grading technique.
ADJUSTING A COLOR PALETTE
In color palettes you can always adjust the Saturation, Brightness and Saturation but NOT the hue.
For a Di colorist its great working with pallets because in the color correction phase the colorist can pull up the palette and adjust accordingly.
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