Using the low winter season to cultivate myself, I was reading a book about filmmaking and end up recalling a really nice, nostalgic 2013 film called Nebraska. As much as my cinematography is associated with rich colour casts and skin tones in country weddings, B&W plays a very special role in our imagination and provides a great mood and romantic touch to films.
So I went to my editing suite and started editing the film again. And graded it in black and white. After a few days of work, the result is what you see above. I love the feel of the image. Everything seems so easy and comfortable. It it really goes well with the manor houses of West London and the parks, that provide us with a nostalgic 20th century look.
Colour grading is one of the stages of the long process of film edit. It can be as simple or as complex as you want or need it to be. So you know, the most authorised textbook on colour grading, called Colour Correction Handbook, by Alexis Van Hurkman is more than 600 pages long.
To see the huge amount of detailed work that goes into grading film footage, take a look at the video below, which shows the final, graded footage in contrast with the raw, bland footage, straight off camera.
Black and white films are not for everyone or for every wedding or every subject. It takes a refined taste to enjoy it in most situations. What I normally do if someone wants a black and white film is to create the full wedding film in colour and the highlights in black and white. If you'd like to have your wedding video made with us, please get in touch.