Next // Production Design

Directed by Yam Laranas

It’s such a pleasure when your mise-en-scene cooperates with your grade. Too bad, they cut out that other interview scene, which was pink and which, I thought, although very exaggerated, was very funny. It was a pink scene with the woman interviewer rolled away on her desk chair when the interviewee sneezed.

I believe production design has a big impact on your final look. True, with technology and cleverness, you can bring your images almost anywhere you want. But, there is a limit to how far you push, especially if you’re veering away from the image’s original direction. So, it helps loads if the colors you want are already there, rather than digitally putting them there. It would look more natural that way. When you digitally enhance or alter live images, you really have to be careful because it can easily look fake (unless that’s what you’re going for…).

“We’ll fix it in post.” Ever heard that phrase on set before? This attitude is such a peeve to me. What takes 2 minutes to put on lipstick, might take me an hour to isolate, track and adjust color each and every shot in grading. Sometimes, it’s not as easy as applying the setting, because each shot is, of course, different and will react differently to the setting, so, some tweeks are needed. In a lot of cases, it really saves time to do it on set rather than post, not only in grading, but also, and more so in VFX. It saves a lot of money too.

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