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Watch: How Color Correction Transforms the Look of a Film

Watch: How Color Correction Transforms the Look of a Film

When a crew wraps on the shooting of a film, a cinematographer’s work is still far from finished — he has to color correct the whole thing. 

In this video, cinematographer Daryn Okada (“Mean Girls,” “American Reunion,”) demonstrates how he did the color correction for the film “Dolphin Tale 2.” He compares the digital process to completing a piece of wooden furniture; once you’ve carved the shape and constructed the design you want, the piece still needs the color and varnish to give it a rich sheen. That’s what Okada is doing with images. 

With color correction, a cinematographer can manipulate colors and contrasts, completely changing the light in an image. With split screens showing both the raw and final images from “Dolphin Tale 2,” Okada shows how easily he is able to manipulate the time of day, add a glow in the sky, or simply make everything look more lush and appealing. The challenge lies in making these images seamless, so the audience cannot tell they were shot at different times.

“If we can communicate a story without anybody saying a word, then we’ve done our job. Then it is a universal art,” says Okada in the video. Check it out below:

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