Deciding what shots to use in the aftermath of shooting a massive amount of footage makes it easy to get lost in the editing process. Its especially difficult to choose the absolute best shots for The Spirits series because they are so short and specific. Some are easier than others. For example The Children require more specific shots that are cohesive with one another (direct shots of faces and medium shots of interactions) so the whole piece looks familiar the entire minute. So far, Ive finished three Spirits with a goal of eight to ten, depending on their relevancy to one another after they are all finished. Music has been composed for the three finished pieces as well, its really exciting to see film come to life with music that emotes it properly.
Alongside editing Ive been experimenting with color grading. Ive recently downloaded Davinci Resolve, a color grading software made by Black Magic. I must say that Resolve is far superior to Premiere Pro's Lumetri color grading engine. It is more complex, better designed, and smoother. Thats not knocking Premiere Pro, as that software has never focused on color grading as its main draw. Resolve is a deep program and I am just getting my feet wet, although I feel reasonably comfortable already. I have high standards when it comes to how my film looks, coming from a background of editing digital photos Ive realized how different color grading film is. There are so many more steps and options you have. Comparing my color grading to that of professional pieces is key to getting the look that I want, as well as a polished professional grade. Id like to post a sped-up video of my grading process once I get more confident and fluid in Resolve!
- Dale Booher