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  • Geoff Johnston

    December 1, 2021 at 7:38 am

    What are your thoughts regarding the workflow and any (if at all) specific LUTs used on this documentary?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPloUxLWfB8

    To me it looks like RAW footage shot on a EOS or RED, converted into Rec709 with some kind of brilliant finishing LUT to seal the deal. However, this is just an assumption based on previous experience.

  • Tero Ahlfors

    December 1, 2021 at 11:51 am

    It looks like they have a talented DP and a good colorist and I would assume they just didn’t slap some LUT on it and call it a day.

  • Eric Santiago

    December 1, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    So far I am intrigued with the doc and have to save it for later this evening.

    The intent was to pick it apart (color tech) but the story and flow took me away from all that.

    Thanks for posting and Tero is bang on.

    Good work and honestly, the technical part is lost to me due to the subject.

  • Geoff Johnston

    December 1, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    No doubt that a lot of work went into balancing every shot. Most likely there were a few color space conversions ie. the grade was done in a wide gamut for more flexibility.

    The reason I asked is there was something about this image that set it apart from the rest. More specifically, I was watching the new Peter Jackson Beatles documentary which was shot on 16mm film, and this digital image looked very similar.

    Aside from it being less vibrant, the Colorist did a brilliant job of emulating that 16mm look. So it may be down to a little creative LUT on the last node. which often times really does the trick.

  • Michael Gissing

    December 2, 2021 at 3:29 am

    It’s well graded and shot nicely. The cameras likely had some sort of log or similar workflow requirements that could be handled a number of ways including using a LUT. However there is no need to use a LUT if you know how to color space transform in Resolve. I would likely grade this without using a LUT of any description. In fact I often don’t see a need for a LUT in grading. It’s a tool in grading for sure but in doco grades I mostly don’t reach for a LUT. Knowing how and when to use a LUT is something that comes with experience. However it is never mandatory and in fact could be seen as lazy practice

  • Geoff Johnston

    December 2, 2021 at 6:26 am

    Thank you all for your creative input. I’ve pinned down a general conclusion in this community regarding said topic.

    Will try my luck now in other creative circles to see if I can get more specifics and technical feedback.

    Best of luck!

  • Eric Santiago

    December 2, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Michael’s comment on the use of LUTs is bang on IMHO.

    I teach at a local college on the side and when LUTs came out, it was the lens-flare from Photoshop all over again 😉

    Had to break it down with my class on the use of it.

    I’m no expert with it and only use it when directed by production.

    I do not like it on set and thankfully never had to shoot with it on any of my displays.

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