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Gradual color change [ANSWER]

Posted: Tue, 22nd May 2007, 6:50pm

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Captayne

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I'm making a commercial. I will be getting composite Lab pretty soon, and I saw that one could change the color of a characters eyes or even skin on screen. What I'm looking to do is have everything in Black and white, and then when something happens to the man, he gradually turns into a color character, that color flowing from him to the environment, smoothly.

Anyone know how?
Posted: Tue, 22nd May 2007, 6:54pm

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JackPot

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I dont know, but what you should know is if your using it for a commercial, you will need vision lab, as that is the only product which comes with a commercial license.
Posted: Tue, 22nd May 2007, 7:08pm

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Captayne

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It's a commercial for a contest. I know that I need to credit FXhome for the use of their product - which I will.
Posted: Tue, 22nd May 2007, 10:39pm

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You can do it simply in an editing prgram by having two copies of the movie, one in black and white and one on colour and then cross dissolving between the two.

You may be able to achieve the effect you want by masking but I'm not sure I fully understand your vision at the moment.
Posted: Tue, 22nd May 2007, 11:04pm

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I would do this with Grade Objects. Grade your film according tho the way you want it to look in full color. Then add a grade object that will grade it all to black and white. Use an animated mask or masks on that grade object to reveal the color below as you would like. Any way you do this is going to require some labor-intensive masking, just so you know.
Posted: Wed, 23rd May 2007, 8:49am

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Simon K Jones

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Yeah, this is a matter of masking the actor and then bringing the colour back up, while keeping the rest of the shot in b&w.

It would be easier/quicker if you could shoot the actor on a greenscreen, so that he's separated from the background without you having to do extensive manual masking.
Posted: Wed, 30th May 2007, 3:23am

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Captayne

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Oh, I knew this was going to take me longer than hell to do. I'm going to start filming in June, which will take about a day. Mid June. After that, it's two and a half months till deadline... so I should be able to do it with considerable work. Lots of masking... ugh... oh well.
Posted: Wed, 30th May 2007, 11:00am

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Depending on the scene in question you could use one shot to get your background footage (B & W) and then shoot your character on greenscreen and then your masking would be minimal because you just do your colour change effects to the greenscreen character plate.