Resolve: The Summer Blockbuster Colour Grading Tutorial

Juan Melara shows his take on popular Summer Blockbuster (cool/warm, teal/orange) look using the powerful 2 node subtractive colour setup in DaVinci Resolve.

In the tutorial I analyse the look of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and show you it’s not one single cool hue being added to the image, but actually several hues that appear at specific places on the luminosity ramp.

The subtractive colour model states that adding two complementary colours together cancels them both out and returns them to neutral. Using this knowledge, we place two log nodes in series which gives us 6 range adjustable control points on the luminosity ramp. We can then use those 6 control points to add hues exactly where we want them and cancel out hues we don’t want by adding the complementary colours. A powerful setup that is easy to tweak and adjust.

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