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COLOR GRADING USING LUTS

Mastering all steps in the filmmaking process might not be the goal of every filmmaker. But having knowledge of every stage in the filmmaking process helps create an all-round filmmaking individual.  Today we talk about color grading your footage. There are various plugins, programs and native ways to color grade your footage. The short answer is, there really is no right or wrong way to do it. But whatever works to achieve the look you are going for.

In this tutorial we use LUTS to achieve the color graded look we want.  I used footage from a recent concert shoot I was hired by Snoop Dogg’s Merry Jane company to shoot.

VIDEO EDITORS NEED THIS APP

Workflow is one of the most important factors when it comes to editing. A smooth workflow process can not only speed up editing time, but make it more enjoyable. We all dread waiting for videos to render. But rendering wait times is unavoidable, so what can we really do about that.

The workflow for sending edits to a client has always been pretty standard. For me it was render out the video. Upload either to Vimeo or YouTube privately, or send the file to the client via wetransfer. Then the client would tell me which parts they would like changed by explaining what the scene looked like or giving me the time between where the shot took place in a long email. I then would go back to the sequence, find what they were describing and change it. This process wasn’t my favorite, but it was all I knew.

Well I stumbled upon an app that changed the whole game for me.  This app Wipster allowed me to render, send, and receive comments about my edit to a client, all without leaving Adobe Premiere! I know right, crazy! What even better is when they get the video, they can write directly on the screen of the shot they want altered. Then there comments show up on your timeline as comment markers.  This app changed the game for me. So I felt like it was my duty to share! So I made this video.  Enjoy, and you are welcome!

HOW TO FILM A MUSIC FESTIVAL

One of the most exciting, fun, and exhilarating shoots you can have as long as you prepare. Filming a music festival is no easy task.  With the amount of screaming fans, seizure giving light shows and fire and smoke machines, you can easily lose track of what shots you need.

The one way to combat failing at filming a music festival is preparation and organization.  In this video I give you 5 tips to help you pull out the greatest shots and a well performing work flow. The video I overview:

  1. Your Crew
  2. Expect the Unexpected
  3. Protect Your Gear
  4. Direct Your Shots
  5. Memory & Batteries

Following these tips are sure to help your first Music Festival shoot move a lot more smoothly, relieve pressure, and let you have a lot more fun!