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  • Writer's pictureTais Pagan

Stop Wasting Time on Film Look Tutorials!

Using tutorials to recreate those oh-so-cool film looks can definitely be a handy learning tool. You get to explore different techniques and styles, and it's all good fun. Buuuuut....let me share a few reasons why relying solely on tutorials might not always be the best idea:

1. Lack of Originality



Picture this: you follow tutorials to a tee, and before you know it, your work ends up looking like a photocopy of existing films. Where's the uniqueness, my friend?

By strictly following tutorials to recreate film looks, you may end up producing work that looks similar to existing films without adding your own creative touch. This can limit your ability to develop a unique style and artistic voice.


2. Limited Understanding



Now, imagine replicating a film look without truly grasping the why behind the grading decisions. It's like getting a fancy sports car to drive in Venice!

Simply replicating a film look without understanding the underlying principles and techniques can hinder your growth as a colourist. It's important to grasp the reasons behind certain grading decisions and the artistic intentions of the original filmmaker.


3. Context and Purpose


Film looks are crafted with a purpose, my friend. They serve the narrative, set the mood, and amplify the theme of the film. But guess what? Applying the same look to every project won't always cut it. You've got to consider the unique context and purpose of each of your projects and make grading choices that align with your storytelling goals.


4. Creativity and Experimentation



Ah, the sweet joys of exploration and pushing boundaries! By sticking strictly to tutorial-based looks, you might unintentionally put a leash on your creative exploration. Break free, my color-grading amigo! Take risks, experiment, and unleash your own unique approach to color grading. You'll be amazed at what you can achieve.


5. Limited Adaptability



Step-by-step tutorials are fantastic, but let's face it—they're like a set path that might not always fit your project's footage and unique characteristics. Lighting conditions, color palettes, visual style—every project has its own personality.

Relying solely on tutorials may limit your ability to adapt and tailor the grading to suit the specific needs of your project. Developing a deeper understanding of color grading principles and techniques will enable you to make informed decisions and create looks that best serve the individual requirements of each project.


To wrap it up!

Now, don't get me wrong! Tutorials can be a great starting point. They give you the basics and help you understand different techniques. But remember, the real magic happens when you take those techniques, infuse them with your own creative vision, and make them dance to your tune. So, go forth, explore, and let film looks inspire your artistic journey rather than confine it, use film looks as inspiration rather than strict templates to be replicated.

Thanks for reading!

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