Many of us don’t realise the impact colour grading has on a film.

Or maybe don’t even know what ‘colour grading’ is?

It is one of the key steps in making a ‘good’ film – great.

Colour grading is the process of improving various attributes of the appearance of an image, or in our case, of film footage. Correcting levels of contrast, saturation, colour balance and more; to ensure continuity and style throughout the entire film.

In today’s world, the concept is comparable to image filters on Instagram, but on a vastly more advanced and complex level.

Our in-house editor and colourist Mikael Nordenström has been working with colour grading for more than 15 years.

Generally, colour grading is referred to as a more advanced form of colour correction. Colour correction is basically correcting camera errors such as exposure and colour balance.

Whereas, colour grading is a more in-depth process where you set the look, feel and mood of the film using artificial lighting and power windows to track objects to make them more or less prominent.
— Mikael Nordenström

The impact colour grading has on the aesthetics and mood of a film is profound. It can be the ‘hit or miss’ factor regarding genre. Or save the day when the elements aren’t in your favour on film day.

Colour grading has a huge impact on the feel of a film. You can make a beach scene feel warm and sunny as if in middle of summer, or cold and harsh.
— Mikael Nordenström

Colour grading is just as important as any other aspect of film production.

Take a look at the before and after for yourself: