Like many artists, I find inspiration when I see really great work from others. It's very interesting to see how others work in a craft that has almost limitless options and tools. In the arena of color correction and grading, I feel one of the more interesting demonstrations are color breakdowns, or layer by layer deconstructions which show the creation of that specific look. I've gathered a few interesting breakdowns as inspiration for how a look is build up in layers, and not applied all at once. This is a new style of post, so please let me know if you like it by leaving a comment.
Here are several breakdowns from talented colorist Charles-Etienne Pascal. Be sure to check out his great website, ISEEHUE, for more information on each step of the grade. I've posted a link to each specific breakdown below the videos. ISEEHUE - Grading Steps of Bellevue
ISEEHUE - Color Breakdown - Two Mean Cops
ISEEHUE - Color Breakdown 4
ISEEHUE - Color Breakdown - Zombies
ISEEHUE - Color Breakdown - Meet Adrien
ISEEHUE - Color Breakdown - Flying
ISEEHUE - Color Breakdown - Marked for Murder
ISEEHUE - Color Breakdown - Dance Club
ISEEHUE - Color Breakdown 10
I hope these color breakdowns have been educational and inspired you to pick up a style, technique, or tool you saw that you never previously knew about. Its this reason I find breakdowns and behind the scenes so useful, as they seem to become more useful as you learn more about your craft and can pick up small, subtle techniques used by others more talented in that field, whether it be color, editing, or learning non-film related skills in your everyday life.