The Big Bang Theory: Magenta

I recently colored a music video for the band Trust for their song Capitol. It is a psychedelic sci-fi video that has vintage looking graphics and takes place in space. It features colorful shots of the singer mixed with "real world" shots of a girl who gets increasingly entranced until she is a part of the "space" realm.

Director Will Joines sat in with me during the color session at CVLT and we came up for the look of the video together. One goal was to figure out a way to merge the two worlds in the video. The shots of the band are very colorful with strong influences of magenta, purple, and blue, while the footage of the video's main character was very muted before color work. 

Shot of the band in "space."

Shot of the band in "space."

What we ended up doing was very subtle, but I think it made the video more cohesive. I pushed the shadows a little bit towards magenta and brought more saturation to the pink background of the shot of the girl at the table. I also created two small power windows on the girl's eyes and really brought up the saturation in the blues to make her eyes pop. Finally a fairly heavy vignette was used to draw the views eye to her staring gaze.

"Real world" scene of girl sitting at a table.

"Real world" scene of girl sitting at a table.

The decision to bring out the pink/purple/blue/magenta palette in the "real world" scenes really worked and definitely helps with the cohesion of the video. But don't take my word for it, check out the video below: