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#1 Wil Prada

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 06:29 PM

Hey y'all, 
I am a relatively new film maker, mostly self taught and I've taken a couple of classes.  I am trying to learn more about color correction and grading.  I've learned some of the basics from YouTube and thru this forum. 
 
Currently I'm making a reel (30 seconds) for the intro to my website, unfortunately for my previous work I didn't manually white balance, so much of my work isn't color balanced accurately  :/ 
I know I know, learning from my mistakes.
 
For my reel, I wanted to make all clips look relatively similar so that the reel is cohesive, so i added a couple of the same layers on top, and I need help just getting feedback from more experienced colorists about which y'all think may look best? Haven't been doing this long so my eyes aren't as trained.
 
Here are 4 versions of it.  I color corrected all of them and added the creative look SL Matrix Blue, as well as a vignette, all through Adobe premiere.
 
1.  Just with the creative layer:
 
2. With the creative look and a static black texture layer only:
This is the black texture I used: http://paper-backgro...-texture-hd.jpg
 
3. With creative look, and film grain only:
 
4. With creative look, film grain and the static black texture layer:


Any feedback is appreciated.  The creative layer I used gives all of them that bluish look.
But I did this other one with the warm look with the Big L creative look: 
 
If you think warm look is best please let me know.
 
 
Also the website additionally gives it this black layer on top as you can see:
 
 

 
 
 

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#2 Anthony Schilling

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 06:52 PM

It depends a lot on your tools and taste. I use the free version of Resolve and would recommend it. It's good to start with contrast before you make any color changes. The highlights are a bit harsh on their vests in the last image.
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