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like people, obviously… I mean point here being DON’T stereotype.. Recently I watched this video, it was a review, asking the public what they thought of the new movie Cop Out and this posh old British lady really didn’t enjoy it.. in the comments section all the comments were “what was she thinking? she’s much better suited to a posh British drama” or something stereotypical like that.

The lady did say she went to see Cop Out because Bruce Willis was in it, which got me thinking she’s probably a big fan of the Die Hard Movies since that’s what he’s best known for.

The main idea here is don’t make your characters 2D by stereotyping them or psychoanalysing them… That’s a very bad idea, likewise actors.. If you’re ever writing and you think the character would never do that it’s totally out of behaviour that’s bullshit.. Nothing is out of behaviour.

Shy people can flirt, kind people can back stab, stupid people can be careful… It’s an argument I’ve had on a few occasions but you have to learn not to decide who the character is.. in some rare and extreme cases this theory can be abandoned if there’s noway a person would act differently.. John Coffey for example I couldn’t see him being an asshole because he’s so anti-asshole.. He hates people being nasty to each other so you have to watch out for things like that.

Don’t contradict the character but don’t psychoanalyse who they are and try and anticipate what they’ll do.. because people are complex, your characters are too

I’ve been over colour in a previous post saying how important it is, I didn’t get in to colour too much I’m leaving that til later and until I have time. Just quickly I’ve been editing some footage to go on my show reel for my university application and I came across so footage I shot and the colour is completely off, so I thought I would share some tips on how to correct it in After Effects using a method that I always use
Other people use different methods, I do this, I like the control I have and I love the way I go about grading the footage so yeah. This will also help you with that film look and show you how to restrict your pallet.

Very quick tutorial though because I’m just going to the gym, good times!
Here we go, the original footage in After Effects

As you can see the red is extremely ugly, very quickly you can get rid of this.
There are a few ways to do this, the way I did it here was quickly add Magic Bullet Colorista

  1. Push the highlights towards blue
  2. Push the mid tones towards blue / green
  3. push the dark tones towards green

You can see how much I did in the example below (look at the colour wheel on the left and look at the difference it makes

Another way of doing this would be just to add a blue filter over it… Perhaps a blue solid, change the opacity value and fiddle with the blending modes you would get a quick fix.. Or you could use Colour correction > Curves.. and fiddle with the red and blue values

Or you could even use Magic Bullet Look Suite and select the preset “Berlin” which is a nice blue shade and it would colour the footage well and give you a lot of control but this way’s pretty fast and it’s adequate for what I want to do here

But it’s still quite ugly because her face is very red, a handy trick I’ve been taught by other tutorials is to restrict your colour pallet… What I’m doing here isn’t so much restricting it. Usually with this term it would be like getting rid of an annoying colour that draws attention away from the video… Here I just want to slacked the reds off a little

  1. Effects > Colour Correction > Hue & Saturation
  2. Place it ABOVE all of your effects (This is very important!!)
  3. Click the drop down box and select the red (or just highlight the red area (so that the only colour we’re effecting is the red channel)
  4. Then de-saturate the red channel… This is a visual thing, depending on your footage the values will be different.. you just have to play around with this

There we go, a little bit better… Perhaps a little too heavy on the green but it takes fiddling with.. You push the colours around until you get the look you want. Here the colours are quite saturated, quite Michael Bay esque, very heavy in the shadows very saturated.. I’m more of a bleach bypass kind of guy but I like this look too.

It looks a lot better than the original, it still needs some work but this is enough to get you started, these colour correction and grading techniques are extremely handy… Especially Hue and Saturation which is extremely simple but incredibly powerful when making movies or just correcting footage!