Hi all -- I did a search and was surprized to find nothign on this (maybe used the wrong keywords). I'm wondering if anyone has tried in post to replicate the hand-colored look (not just tinted a single color) like you can see in the ball scene in "Phantom of the Opera" or more recently, in "Lumiere & Co" (the bit with the dancing woman I think was hand colored).
I'm thinking three or four colors, probably on top of a base tint.
Is this the kind of thing that can be done by computers these days, or is it something that can be only be done PAINSTAKINGLY by computers?
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Posted 13 January 2006 - 06:20 PM
This effect can be achieved in Adobe After Effects, and probably in other compositing/effects packages too. Starting with a color original, one would desaturate the clip, then put a solid layer of sepia (or other color) on top of that with a transfer mode that allows it to create a subtle base tint over the clip. Additional layers would be created containing animated masks to create the colored elements, again, with a transfer mode applied to the layer to allow the color to affect the layers underneath. Depending upon the complexity of the masks and the keyframing involved, this could be a very time consuming job, but the technique is fairly straightforward.