Colour Grading – What it Involves in a non Technical Way

It’s been a very busy time over at Midway Media, hence the lack of recent blog posts….

Thought it was time to put together what goes into our films during the editing process.  We film, we edit then we colour grade.  So what is colour grading?  It can be many things but it is usually changing the appearance of how the film looks to make it more appealable and to ensure colours are being portrayed correctly such as whites and blacks.  Often whites can can have a cool appearance and be tinged with a hint of blueness. Likewise with yellows and oranges – something you get with tungsten lighting appear more bright making the skin appear quite orange with reds and pinks highly saturated.  I myself prefer to correct this as much as I can, it also gives me the opportunity to fiddle with the highlights, midtones and contrast as well as adding a bit of fill light when needed.  We often shoot a little under exposed so that we can do all the contrast and brightening up in post than relying on settings on the day.

Wedding filming is fast paced, you have to have eyes everywhere, plus lighting well that’s another post on its own – filming into windows or a room full of glass walls with a bright exterior.  We have such a lot to concentrate on during a wedding when it comes to colours and light settings, it’s not just a case of pressing that little red record button.  Everything we do, we do manually, so that’s focusing, filming and setting our lighting settings to get the best out of what we’re filming be it a wedding or corporate film.

In setting up our cameras, we have opted for flatter less saturated colour settings for filming so that we have full control when editing.

When I edit, I use two main colour grading programmes one is my ultimate favourite called Film Convert and gives a true cinematic look and a plugin that allows me to add contrast and fill light as well as ensure black looks black and not a grey.  I do occasionally use the Magic Bullet plugin but not too often – Film Convert does pretty much what I want colour wise.   Time wise it can take me up to an hour to fully colour grade a clip.  I have to tweak wheels (you’ll see one example of the wheel in one of pictures below) here and there, constantly watching the histogram (a graph that basically tells me what my shadows/blacks are doing, midtones/contrast and lastly the highlights that tell me what’s over exposed, too dark etc).  A big file such as a church ceremony can take over an hour to colour grade and match colours!  Technology is good but it still needs me to give it some direction when it comes to colours, exposure and saturation!   An individual clip of 20 seconds though can also take a while to fully colour grade to satisfaction – lots of tweaks here and there, playing with sliders.  Plus every now and then, I have to recalibrate my iMac to ensure that the colour correction I’m applying is both correct and broadcast safe!  Of course my colour grading taste could be totally different to the next person!  It’s all about style and creating that style that people instantly love and recognise!

Some examples of before and after:-

Official Bridal Preparations For Your Wedding DVD

Recently I have been working on a wedding video that we filmed at The Savoy Hotel, London. Miné and Ozan are a Turkish Cypriot couple and they chose us to film their wedding and what a wedding it was. This example I am showing you now is how your bridal preparations will be when you receive your DVD or USB. This is just a snippet of a clip that I wanted to post as I have worked on this for a long time due to colour grading. Some people may not notice but I have to make sure each shot is exactly the same/similar colour to the previous clip. It is highly important to colour grade in wedding films as we all know lighting can be extremely unpredictable. As time goes on I will be writing more about this wonderful wedding but first take a look at this:

The picture I am showing you below informs all of our Facebook likers the process that we use during our editing time. We really enjoy taking our time and thinking about what we can do with clients videos!

Religious Church Wedding Readings

Sometime ago I wrote a post with lots of readings that anyone can use when having a Civil Ceremony as they contain no religious references.

I came across a Facebook post in a wedding group where the bride to be was asking for readings for her church wedding.  You can of course have non religious readings included within your service but you do need at least one of those readings as a religious reading.  I have filmed weddings where there has been only one reading.  At my wedding, I had two readings, one religious and one not!  It did take me a while to find and pick the reading I wanted, which was Song of Solomon.  So today, I have written a blog post to make finding religious church readings a tad easier!

Religious Church Wedding Readings

1 Corinthians 13

The Gift of Love

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Genesis 1 v 26-28

Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth,and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’

Song of Solomon 2 v 10-13

My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Song of Solomon 8 v 6, 7

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.

Matthew 5 v 1-10

The Beatitudes

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mark 10 v 6-9

But from the beginning of creation, “God made them male and female.”

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’

Mark 10 v 13-16

Jesus Blesses Little Children

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.

Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

John 2 v 1-11

The Wedding at Cana

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’

Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it.

When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’

Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Ephesians 5 v 21-33

The Christian Household

Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Saviour. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendour, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish.

In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body.

‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.

Philippians 4 v 4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Colossians 3 v 12-17

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

1 John 4 v 7-12

God Is Love

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

For more information about Church of England marriages, please visit their website http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/youre-welcome/we39re-here-for-you.aspx

For more information about Catholic Marriages in the UK, please visit their website http://www.marriagecare.org.uk

I hope this post has helped those out looking for readings for church weddings.

Tracey

Ringwood Hall Wedding, Brimmington – Derbyshire

Well Saturday (14th) we went off to film the wedding of Shelley and Matthew at the lovely Ringwood Hall Hotel near Chesterfield.  It was our first visit here and we hope not our last.   We’d never met the couple prior to the wedding day – sometimes that just happens.  From the moment we did all meet, we got on really well and Shelley and Matthew are such a lovely couple.  It made filming their wedding day so easy as everyone worked as a team in a relaxed way – just how we like it.  In fact Shelley was great in front of the camera, she really knew how to work it for the photographers.  We’re there but sort of invisible just candidly filming away as we do but missing nothing in the process.  Being two of us we capture different angles and use the Glidecam for more interesting viewing and approach, that is our style.   I got to test out my new slider as well which had it had my monopod head on it, it would have been so much better, my fault as I’d lost the screw attachment so I’ve had to order a new one in readiness for the next wedding.

A few screen grabs from the day (all unedited nor cropped etc) :)   

Dovecliffe Hall Wedding Highlights Film – Sarah and Frazer

Our brand new highlights film that we have to show you all has been put together in a different style than how we would normally work. This is one of my favourite videos that I have ever put together, the lighting is fantastic at the venue and we had lots of varied shots.

When we were asked by Sarah and Frazer to film their wedding on recommendation from photographer Emma Nunn, we were delighted. We’ve never filmed at Dovecliffe Hall near Burton-on-Trent before and it’s one of those venues that is right on our doorstep. The wedding ceremony took place at 4.00pm on 17th January 2015. Our first wedding of the year. The lighting was just great as it had been a lovely sunny day!

Sarah and Frazer are such an adorable couple and we loved working and being a part of their day! It is always lovely to work with Dave and Emma Nunn, we all make a great team!

Since posting this wedding online last night we have received such a positive response and even Sarah herself sent us this wonderful email:

“Well… Through the tears we have watched it twice already, it’s perfect! We adore it. You have captured our day beautifully and we couldn’t have asked for more. Stunning. 
Thank you so very much. xx “

Photographer: http://www.emmanunnweddings.co.uk

New Stuff

We at Midway Media are always investing in new equipment/software for our business. We do this because we love filming and we love creating stunning visual masterpieces. We love the fact that we’re continuing to up our game and offer something modern, creative and innovative to new clients, whether that be a wedding or a promotional film for a business.

So what’s new, well we have already purchased one of the items on my goodies to buy list and that is the Koolertron 60cm Slider :)
newslider

In fact it will be having it’s first outing on Sunday at the Kedleston Hall wedding fayre that we’ll be exhibiting at.

The bit of kit which is essential is a new DSLR, namely the Canon 6D :), this will replace my existing Canon 7D camera. If I could afford it, I’d purchase another Canon 5D MK3 as I love this camera so much!

Canon6D

The next thing on the goodies to buy list is the Kessler Travel Jib. I’ve wanted one of these for sooooo long….. it’s going to be a great asset for stunning shots.
KESSLERJIB

Lastly, it’s the BarberTech Steddiepod – no image of this unfortunately, I’m trying to source it in the UK. It is essentially a mono-pod with the ability to act as a glide cam without all the necessary weights needed to ensure stability when using a glide cam. I have a glide cam just never used it! Perhaps I should :)

That’s it really for now, apart from little things like a brand new Macbook Pro…. a few new lenses, the spending really never stops!

Honeysuckle and Castle Wedding Fayre

This weekend Honeysuckle & Castle Event Services are hosting a fantastic wedding fayre at Kedleston Hall, Derby. Why is this exciting? Well, this is the first ever wedding fayre that has been organised at Kedleston Hall and what a positive response this has received.

You can come and join us and 34 other exhibiters this Sunday 1st March 2015 for a well organised, well advertised and well situated venue in the stunning county of Derbyshire. We will be exhibiting from 11am until 3pm so please do come along and say hello, find out what we’re about and even ask us as many questions as you like.

For this wedding fayre we thought we would do something a little different and surprise those that are interested in our stall. You will have to wait until the weekend to see what we have for you! One clue I can give you though is it’ll be creative but it’ll be informative. Should I tell you more? That is cheeky if I do but the answer is no, you will see on Sunday ;)

If you would like to attend this wedding fayre then visit www.honeysuckleandcastle.co.uk for FREE tickets to this event and you will receive a complimentary goody bag upon arrival.

Alternatively visit their Facebook page for updates about the event and an event attendance list below – https://www.facebook.com/honeysuckleandcastle

https://www.facebook.com/events/649475981844483/

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The Success of The Riverside Hotel Wedding Fayre

Yesterday we exhibited at The Riverside Hotel’s Wedding Fayre in Branston, Burton-on-Trent. As we said before it was our first wedding fayre for a long time, so how did we do?

At the start of the day, the amount of foot fall was great and people did seem interested in our stall which got us excited. It was nice to see 2017 couples looking at what they can hire locally even though they were unsure when in 2017 they wanted to get married.

We cannot say everyone was interested in videography as it isn’t to everyones taste or it is seen as a luxury item that might be left until the end. We did receive a few comments as people walked by but you expect that and remain positive about your business. We still had fun!

Although there were negatives about the day, we had some fantastic responses from couples just looking for ideas. People who had never considered videography before loved our work and after explaining the pros of having a wedding video people warmed to the idea. We answered questions anyone had about videography and what they would receive for their money.

Overall I would say the day was great, we engaged in lots of couples and parents considering many options for their wedding day  :)

We thought we would mention some of the suppliers that exhibited at the wedding fayre and were great to us especially as we are new to their wedding suppliers family.

Exhibiters:

Paul Ace, Musician – https://www.facebook.com/paulacemusic

Alison Evans Bridalwear – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alison-Evans-Bridalwear

Weddings & Flowers R Us – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Weddings-Flowers-R-Us

Lemon Balloon Cakes – https://www.facebook.com/lemonballooncakes

Stuart at Capital Limousines – www.capitallimos.co.uk

Pioneer Roadshows and Events – http://pioneer-events.co.uk

Spirit Wedding Services – https://www.facebook.com/weddingcarhireburtonontrent

Riverside Hotel Wedding Fayre

For a long time we have not exhibited at a wedding fayre for many reasons. Although we do like the idea of wedding fayres, what goes on during the day, the lovely couples you meet and all of the fantastic suppliers so Midway-Media are back for another one!

It’s now time to get back onto the wedding scene, we are doing our first wedding fayre of 2015 at the Riverside Hotel, Branston, Burton-on-Trent on Sunday 22nd February 2015. As we’ve been receiving local enquiries and we have also received two confirmed bookings for local weddings in the last two days, we really want local people to get to know us.

If you are getting married and are looking for ideas for your wedding, why not pop over to the Riverside Hotel, Branston and have a nosey at what we have to offer.

We will be having a stall full of our work, a television to view wedding videos and lots more :)

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Enquiring About Videography?

Here at Midway-Media HQ we have been informed by a enquirer that our emails have been hiding in people’s junk mail folders. We know Hotmail accounts can do this with email addresses that you may not have had contact with before. If you do enquire through the blog, we usually respond quite quickly to enquiries as we do not like to keep people waiting so please be aware of our emails. I would advise to contact us again if you cannot find your email from us as we are available through Facebook and via telephone. 

We thought we would highlight this issue as it may look like we’re being ignorant but I promise we’re not :)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/midwaymedia

Email: enquiries@midway-media.co.uk

Contact Number: 01283 218549

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