Colouring up a Suspenseful Greek Music Video
October 22, 2015
Orillo recently took on post production duties for a Greek video production.
A few months ago some really good friends of mine and their band “Sworr”, won one of the biggest competitions for upcoming musicians in Greece. Their single “Troubled Thoughts”, instantly became really famous and they are now about to record a new album and start their own tour .
The competition is called “Jumping Fish” and is sponsored by Cosmote, one of the largest phone service companies in the country.
As a prize for winning the competition the guys were given funding for the completion of a music video and support towards their next album.
Being really passionate about the project, led me and the co-producer, Anna, to gather an amount of 2.500 euros and shoot the music video, using our personal funds.
The video, starring the lead singer, Robin, is an exploration piece of his inner mind. Robin is appeared to be a troubled businessman who is suffocating from all the troubled thoughts and guilt that conquer his past. Moreover he comes face to face with the characters that stigmatise his past. The piece is also a location drama. A really old abandoned asbestos factory, reflects the state of his mind.
We approached a good friend of mine at Orillo Productions in York, England, to take over the post production side. I’d met Archie while at film school at FAMU in Prague and had gone on to work on other commercial projects together after he’d left film school.
We’ve recently installed a high end grading suite in the office, so it was great to put it to use on an outside project. It was also great to collaborate with Evangelos again, he’s got a great eye for light and composition and it’s interesting working with different material from different DP’s.
The project was shot on the Black Magic URSA 4K. The image has great texture and I liked the color science. A little less complex than Dragon Footage, which made it easier to keep consistent tones. It also had probably my favorite skin tones I’ve seen out of a camera. The dreaded black spot problem did show up within a shot of the sun, so I used a cloning technique to remove that.
Evangeos delivered ProRes444 files shot in Film 1 Profile. I then applied a Kodak Film Stock as a starting point, tweaked exposure and contrast, isolated the skin tones, and played with some hues in the shadows where it might compliment the main colors in the scene. I de-noised a couple of shots and added grain overall.
It was a very light grade, with Evangelos’s direction and the simple palette of the location, moody story and natural light, it didn’t need much to get it looking how we wanted.