Decided I will be transferring to doing these grades to Davinci Resolve instead of Premiere Pro/After Effects. I’ve played around with Resolve before when trying out my own grades for 4K77, it just has a lot more freedom and ability to control the footage to what I like. That said, I’m going to have to do some online learning to really get the most out of it. I’ve used the Adobe suite since 2011 regularly versus Resolve being only since end of 2018 in small tests.
So it might be a while till I can upload another render, but rest assured the new grade will be a lot better.
I’ve been looking over the resources I’ve received of scans of the theatrical prints for TPM, and have been studying the colors closely and hopefully I’ll get something close to the look of these or at least what the current official grade looks like printed to print film stock.
AOTC and ROTS will replicate both negative and print stock, as well as some lens distortion adjustments to make them closer to the anamorphics used on other Star Wars films.
Also, I recently saw the film “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” which was shot on Kodak 7219 and my god it looks beautiful. Now it is a 16mm film so it’s a bit softer and grainer than would be for these projects, but it’s a a film that has a very raw film look to it, in other words that it is not overly digitally graded unlike in many modern films still shot on film. It’s definitely a good modern piece to study what true modern film stock looks like without excessive digital tinkering.
To that note, there’s a lot more filtering to be done to recreate the look of film beyond the color grade, which I am further studying. They may not be in the initial releases. Steve Yedlin’s (cinematographer on The Last Jedi) material has a lot to say on this.