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ARRI SR2 16MM FILM SHOT ON 500T - COLOUR HELP (4 replies and 6 comments)

nickafchain
3 months ago
nickafchain 3 months ago

Good evening folks, my name is Nicholas and I am wondering if anyone on here has attempted colour grading film footage before on Adobe Premiere Pro... 

I recently directed a music video for a friend and our footage is coming back from CineLab this week and we are going to attempt to grade this ourselves, or at least do a rough version before paying a professional. 

We shot on the ARRI SR2 on 16mm. I am wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of a LUT for this model if one exists? 

Or at least point me in the right direction.

Thank you all kindly, 

N.

xpialidocious
3 months ago
xpialidocious 3 months ago

Hey, Nicholas 

I have experience grading film footage on Premiere with Lumetri, but did not rely on the use of a LUT. The film was scanned Pro Res 4444 which allowed for a greater malleability of the footage. I'm not sure what format your film is being scanned to, but nonetheless I think Premiere Pro is a suitable for a rough version. I'll attach some examples from a film I graded. All shot on 500T.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Casa-Peace-on-the-Porcelain.png
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Casa-Morning-Wake-up.png
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Casa-Homeless-Streets.png
nickafchain
3 months ago

This is great, thanks!

I suppose I don't actually need a LUT, I just assumed the reference JPG they had sent back was in some form of log, as it looked quite desaturated.

Our file will be ProRes 422 - 2k Scan, so I was just wondering how people did this with modern editing software. First time for us (with film).

Your shots look ACE!

dmullenasc
3 months ago
dmullenasc 3 months ago

Why do you need a LUT to grade an image? Is the footage being delivered in Cineon log gamma and you want to start with a Rec.709 LUT before additional corrections are made?

nickafchain
3 months ago

In answer to you your question... I maybe don't - naivety told me the reference jpgs from the scan led me to believe the film was in some form of log, but I will wait and see what comes back I suppose.

nickafchain
3 months ago
nickafchain 3 months ago

This is a jpg from our scan. Actual file comes tomorrow, will report back. 

Thanks for the replies so far guys. 

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/WhatsApp-Image-2020-10-19-at-13.31.53.jpeg
xpialidocious
3 months ago

Yes this is a normal flat scan, like you'd see with RAW or ProRes digital files. Imo this is better because the look isn't baked in and you have more control to change it now, or in the future etc.

nickafchain
3 months ago

Thats good to know thanks!

dmullenasc
3 months ago
dmullenasc 3 months ago

It could be log or just low-contrast but it seems a bit underexposed. I guess the question is why you need a LUT rather than just correct it. Here is my quick attempt just by adding contrast/brightness and making the blacks black.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Screen-Shot-2020-10-21-at-12.19.49-AM.jpg
nickafchain
3 months ago

I probably don't tbh with you. I am just new to colour correcting film and not a log based digital image. Thanks for your help, that quick attempt is cool!

The Byre
3 months ago

One possible first stop for grading is to do an auto-colour in Resolve.

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