There is nothing bringing more focus than a motion picture, every single day we witness a huge amount of materials promoting different products and brands. In addition, the market research confirming its effectiveness only strengthen this trend. So, I kindly envite you to Kaktus.studio! Together we will create engaging films and produce interesting live streams, which will translate into your success! The additional value might also be my knowledge and experience in the field of marketing, which I like to share during planing a screenplay.

GEAR

On set I mainly use two cameras – Sony a7SIII and Sony A7IV with Irix Cine and Tamron lenses, as well as Tilta Nucleus Nano follow focus system. I also have own sets of LED lamps with modifiers, DJI RS2 gimbal, Manfrotto video tripods, Atomos Shinobi and Portkeys viewing monitors, Zoom H6 field sound recorder, Rode and Sennheiser microphones with wireless transmitters and DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone. Finally, for accurate color reproduction and exposure on set, I always use X-Rite Colorchecker Passport Video. 

POSTPRODUCTION

During postproduction process I use DaVinci Resolve Studio software, of which I am Certified End User in versions 15 and 16, as well as Certified Trainer in 17 (Introduction to DaVinci Resolve, Color Grading and Fusion Effects). The work with video clips, as opposed to the photography, is much more complex and basically consist of two stages; editing and color grading.

A film, no matter of what genre or lenght, must have a screenplay. It is a sort of a plan, an idea of a whole, enabling shots and scenes to flow one by another affecting viewers imagination and forwarding the aimed message. Good screenplay is a must, making shooting and editing much more easy. Another important element of editing is sound design. It imposes the rhythm and creates appropriate mood. The selection of the right track/s might be very time consuming, therefore since a long time I find Sounstripe service very valuable in this matter, what I describe wider on the blog. So, editing basing on the screenplay and music is a sort of a play with puting and moving clips on the timeline, trimming, changing their order, etc. In addition there are other aspects like graphics, animations, titles, sound effects and balancing the whole soundtrack. And that’s all.

The second mentioned stage is color grading. The picture coming straight out of the camera is usually recorded in so called log, one of the flat color profiles (for instance S-Log3) and, let’s be honest, does not look interesting. You can notice that on the below still;  colors are washed out, everything seems to be too bright. It it a result both of these profiles own characteristic, and applied ETTR method, basing on raising the exposure, but not everexposing, to reach camera maximal tonal range. So first this picture must be color managed; I prefer a transformation and work in DaVinci Wide Gamut / Intermediate on the timeline and another transformation at the end to the final color space, such as Rec 709. Then the primary color correction can be applied, like exposure, contrast, color balance, sometimes noise reduction, but preserving correct skin tones and/or colors of the product in case of commercial. In the next stage the work is focused more locally, smaller parts of the image can be corrected to achieve certain effects, such as for instance shaping of the viewers focus. The final part refers changes in tonality, adding effect like grain or hallation, all of it to receive the aimed character of the overall image. Let’s notice the difference between commercials, which except beeing strongly saturated usually have neutral white balance, so white shirt stays white, while feature films often create little unreal world, which… we like that much!

Dealing with colors requires regularly calibrated monitors, and in film postproduction especially you need even two or three of them. My work is supported by BenQ; model SW271 is connected via a special Blackmagic Design Decklink Mini Monitor 4K card and calibrated as a reference monitor for full screen view, whereas the remaining PD 2700U and PD2500Q are used for displaying the user interface and so called scopes in the color tab. In addition I use Wacom Intuos Pro M graphical tablet, Loupedeck Live console and Blackmagic Design Micro Panel.

Below there is a still comparing versions before (S-Log3) and after postproduction.

PORTFOLIO

Kindly envite you to look through the portfolio.