Color Grading

Father Douglas Bazi – Iraqi Priest

I spent a good portion of 2016 into early 2017 working on a documentary about the rise in global Christian persecution – culminating in a global conference this May in Washington, DC. What struck me the most from everyone who was interviewed who had experienced true persecution first-hand was the call to truly love and forgive even when most would be calling for hatred and retaliation. I’ve been deeply and permanently impacted by these stories. My eyes have been opened to things that are too easy to ignore in the U.S. Editing these stories has also renewed my passion for the power of story telling through video. Yes, there are some pieces that I will work on that have no big impact on anybody. They may sell a product or scratch an artistic itch (and that’s not such a bad thing), but working on projects with subject matter that I’m most passionate about is where I long to be.

 

You can view the full Persecution and the Gospel program here:

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.