The Color Grading Palette of “The GOOD BAD UGLY” by Adeep Oberoi.
This weeks color grading palette is taken from the 1966 EPIC Spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Leone “THE GOOD THE BAD & THE UGLY”.
Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach few westerns can equal this master piece. No wonder Quentin Tarantino choose this classic as his all time favorite movie. The Good The Bad & The Ugly’s Color Palette is dedicated Jim Clark, One of my favorite photographers in Florida.
Color Palettes are great for using in filming (set designs), videos and photography. When used in set design they are also great to use later in post color correction and color grading.
“THE GOOD THE BAD & THE UGLY COLOR PALETTE”
Even though this movie like many, has been remastered, the color look is totally different from what is called the modern ‘Blockbuster Look’ (also referred to as the Teal and Orange look). How ever it does share the beautiful high contrast and the accentuated skin-tones, but notice that the shadows are not blue or teal and the palette has more of a nature look.
It is also interesting to know that Sergio Leone was very keen on only shooting during the golden hour, which is between 4 pm and 7 pm. This gives a beautiful natural light.
Blondie (the man with no name) played by Clint Eastwood and Tuco, played by Eli Wallach.
THE 1966 SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLOR PALETTE LOOK.
High contrast and natural colors, specially the green, tell the story of nature, adventure, corruption, danger and excitement. The brown shades in this case give the feel of back in time, all westerns obviously, use a lot of wood in their scenes.
The Good The Bad and The Ugly Colors:
Dark green trees and bushes.
Grass and plants.
Clothes, props and wood.
Clothes, props and wood.
GREAT LOOKING SKIN-TONES
Once again, good looking skin tones are always very appealing to the eyes, even though this color palette does not use the Teal and Orange Color technique, the skin tones in this Color Palette are just as vibrant as in The Blockbuster color palette. They are still very pleasing to the eyes.
ADJUSTING A COLOR PALETTE
When using color palettes, you can always adjust the Saturation, Brightness and Saturation but NOT the hue.
For a Di colorist its great working with pallets especially when they where used during set design, because in the color correction phase the colorist can pull up the palette and adjust accordingly.
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COLOR PALETTES Tell a story and are very useful for getting all your colors great and matching. After all, every color tells a story. Di colorists love working with palettes for color correcting and color grading. I have seen many cinematographers, producers and directors work with their own custom made color pallets to support the story being told.
Great for using in filming, videos and photography.