Proper Training Can Help You Avoid These Colorist Mistakes

If you're about to use Davinci Resolve on your first film and want to improve quickly, practice is the obvious path. But knowing what could mess up your film is also necessary. You don't want to rush into coloring something only to find that the end result is uneven and looks poorly lit. Pay attention to the following tips when you try to color a film so that you end up with a professional-looking result that fits the director's vision.

Be Consistent With Skin Tones

When you adjust the tone of a scene, you can easily end up changing someone's skin tone to a lighter or darker tone. If you find a tone that looks good, you need to be consistent and keep that same tone throughout the film. If you don't, the actor in question could end up looking very different in each scene. There are two problems with this. One is that, obviously, it looks really sloppy. The other is that it can be insulting to the actor, especially if the actor is not white. Hollywood and its denizens don't have a very good reputation when it comes to diversity and treating actors of color well. If you do a sloppy job and make the actor look bad, it could be interpreted as yet another insult. Take care to keep skin tones consistent.

Don't Take Away From Focal Points

Each scene has a focal point. It could be something small or something large, like a crowd, but each scene has something that the director wants the audience to focus on. when making the scene brighter or adjusting colors to make more of the scene pop out, don't take the focus away from that central point. Maybe you found a beautiful shade of blue for the sky, but unless the director wants the audience looking at the sky, you might not want to make it that beautiful.

Find out What Your Director Wants

Go ahead and ask. Sometimes a director will want you to use your creativity, but sometimes the director has specific tones in mind. It's like line readings for actors -- sometimes you just go with what the director tells you. Instead of spending time trying to mind-read, ask the director if he or she has any particular visions you need to follow.

Davinci Resolve is not that hard to learn, but you do need to be aware of the effects of your playing around and experimenting. If you think you need a refresher course or if you still aren't totally comfortable with the program, taking another training course would be a good idea. Contact a company like Color Grading Central to learn more.