This 15" sponsorship is part of a set for Sky Sports News. The shoot was in Colorado over 2 days using 3 cameras - a Red, Go Pro and Sony FS100 mounted on a helicam drone. My responsibilities were for conform, colour grade and graphic end tags.
The conform process was not a smooth one so there were many timing issues to resolve. This was further complicated by a mix of frame rates and incorrect field flagging.
The grade was one of the hardest I've worked on, it was very difficult to balance such a wide variety of shots. Firstly we were mixing 4k, 2k, HD and many other frame sizes inbetween as well as different bit depths to contend with. The shoot was over 2 full days, which meant the lighting varied hugely, one of the longer shots was during a beautiful sunset which didn't help. It was fabulous to work with the huge 4k plates from the Red camera - having the freedom to reframe the shots to suit the graphics without any loss is wonderful. The grade started life as a natural look but the client wasn't making quite the right noises, so I really pushed the grade to give a silver blue steely look. Often when this happens the clients ends up preferring the natural version, but in this case the new grade was the winner.
Another angle I had to focus on was keeping to the Sure brand. The snowboarder is decked out in full Sure branding complete with snowboard, it was important to balance the blues and to keep them consistent, but also the client wanted to remove all traces of pink. This was a challenge with the full face visor shot, but about 7 layers of colour correction achieved it. The final shot in this piece was captured slightly soft, which looks natural with the motion of the board but I selectively sharpened the tick logo to keep the brand clear.
The final challenge was the retouching - there were a few helicopter drone shadows to remove, some skys needed replacing, the product needed some text removing and the crew had to be removed from the visor shot. I fixed some of the shots and farmed the some others out to Nuke.