Color Grading

Fuente De Vida

My friend, Tyler Garnett, directed this passion project and enlisted me for the color grade. It was masterfully shot by Chris Calnin on a RED EPIC DRAGON at 5K.

Some of the kindest words I’ve ever received from a client came from Tyler on this one:

“John – Thank you for taking this project to the next level. I love the fact that you don’t settle for anything less than the best. Even though I said it was done, you still tweaked shots, fixed problems and cleaned up my project. You have a desire to make everything you work on your best work. I am so thankful for that drive. I can’t believe how much better you make everything look. Your ability to match color and make scenes feel so seamless is probably one of the most unknown necessities of any film. Not only are you good at what you do, you also have a soft heart for children. Thanks for letting my son come watch cartoons on your couch while we worked.”

Feature Film Color Grading – Summer 2016

INSP Films “Heritage Falls”

INSP Films “Savannah Sunrise”

Trailer 1:

Trailer 2:

“Christmas in the Smokies” – Color Grade

I just completed the color grade on a feature film and hope for many more opportunities in the future. ‘Christmas in the Smokies‘ was a lot of fun to work on – and quite a challenge. It is a Christmas movie shot in Georgia during the month of May – so exteriors were very green and spring-like. To make it look like December I used various techniques to isolate and reduce the greens, while preserving natural skin tones and giving a wintery look to the overall image.

Here’s the trailer:

NCEL “The Present”

Here is the most recent North Carolina Education Lottery spot that I cut and graded. Great directing and talented actors made this spot a joy to work on. Shot on Arri Alexa, edited in FCPX and graded in DaVinci Resolve 10.

I wish my wedding had been captured like this

All I have is a VHS tape that puts me to sleep every time I watch it! I loved my wedding day – it was the best day of my life. But back in ’96 it wasn’t quite possible to capture the day in a short film style. It certainly is now, and few are doing it better than the fine folks at Caravan.

They absolutely kill it when it comes to documenting your special day.

I edited and graded this piece at the end of 2013.

NCEL “Fast Fingers”

This is a spot I recently edited and graded for the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Christmas is next week!

Here’s a little “Drummer Boy” action for you. I pretty much hated this song before hearing this version by ‘The Almost’.  You just can’t beat Aaron Gillespie on vocals and drums for this song.  Now it’s one of my favorite Christmas songs, and it is definitely my favorite music video that I’ve edited.