Blessing // Projected Background

Directed by Matthew Rosen

If I remember right, this project used an old trick for their backgrounds, projection. I think projected backgrounds still look best, plus, they’re not that expensive and can be easily changed.

Nowadays, they commonly use a tarp background or they just fill it chroma to be replaced in post. The problem with tarp is that when you don’t light it properly, it’ll wash out in some areas, and it can’t be easily replaced if you suddenly change your mind. Chroma gives you more freedom with what background you want to put but, you’ll have to give more time for post.


Dissolve Effect with Da Vinci Resolve

I personally believe that working with dissolves is easier with the Nucoda Film Master. With the Resolve, it has some limitations that make it a little trickier. If you put your dissolve in the track within the Color tab, you must use the exact same nodes in the dissolving clips. The dissolve here basically just interpolates your nodes, moving your values from your first setting to the next. So, if for example, you have a node with a qualifier that changes values from the first clip to the second clip, then you might see a sort of “morphing” within the dissolve (which I should probably start calling, “dynamic”, in this context, rather than “dissolve”). Since it is a dynamic, the clip is still whole and applying a saved grade would erase that dynamic. As opposed to how the Film Master does it, splitting the clips in two and placing an actual dissolve over the cut. Since the two parts are separated, it’s easy to just apply a saved grade to either without affecting the other clip or the dissolve.

I’ve noticed a lot of engine searches for “dissolve in Da Vinci Resolve” or something similar. I tried doing the search myself and I didn’t find much. But, if I’m not mistaken, the Resolve manual has instructions on this. But anyway, as a quick reference, here’s how to do it. Depending on your situation, you can create a dissolve effect either in CONFORM or COLOR.

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graded with the Da Vinci Resolve for Mac
Director: Mark Querubin

I suppose this only aired on TFC so i didn’t really get to see it on TV.


graded with the DaVinci Resolve for Mac
Director: Mark Querubin
Camera: Canon 5d mkII

I think you can guess why I like this project.

The first video is a viral. Here’s the actual TVC, which actually went on to air in cinemas, as well, I believe.

Did It Ever

graded with the Da Vinci Resolve for Mac
Directed by Paul Soriano
Shot with Canon

Gary Valenciano’s newest music video.

In this project, I got to use the grouping feature. Funny thing is, if I group clips, they have to have the same exact nodes and settings. Otherwise, it’ll ask me if I want to make new versions so that they will all have the same nodes and still get to keep my older settings. Should it really be like that? So basically, if my clips aren’t balanced as is, then I can’t group them? Or am I doing something wrong?

Is there a way that you can append a number of nodes to a clip without having to drag them in one by one? What I do now is I set some empty nodes at the beginning then I do my color. So that, when I apply them to another clip, I don’t have to insert nodes before my color. It would really be nice to have an “append” feature or something that lets you drag and drop more than one node.


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