SOFT 2 STRIP


I recently came across films like Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” and “Silence” which have what I call a “Soft 2 Strip” look. So does “Jurassic World” by Colin Trevorrow and “Inglorious Basterds” by Quentin Tarantino. It is a variation of the popular “Teal & Orange” Look, but partly less saturated. Sometimes it can look a bit like a “Technicolor 2 Strip”, but way less harsh than a true “Technicolor 2 Strip”, so I call the look “Soft 2 Strip”.

There are also variations of “that look” … a warmer, redder version in “A Quiet Place” or in films like “Dunkirk”, “Iron Man 2” and “Skyfall” the colors tend to shift towards yellow. Here are some References.

REFERENCES

Jurassic World (2015)
Directed by Colin Trevorrow
© Universal Pictures
Shutter Island (2010)
Directed by Martin Scorsese
© Paramount Pictures
Silence (2016)
Directed by Martin Scorsese
© Paramount Pictures
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
© Universal Pictures
Dunkirk (2017)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
© Warner Bros. Pictures
The Other Guys (2010)
Directed by Adam McKay
© Sony Pictures Releasing
Gangs of New York (2002)
Directed by Martin Scorsese
© Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
A Quiet Place (2018)
Directed by John Krasinski
© Paramount Pictures
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Directed by Jon Favreau
© Sony Pictures Releasing
Skyfall (2012)
Directed by Sam Mendes
© Sony Pictures Releasing

Almost all the references shown here were printed on Kodak 2383, so I started with that. Then I analyzed the scopes and created my own fixed node tree consisting of 6 Nodes. Node 1 for CST, Node 2 is for balance, Node 3, 4, 5 and 6 are for look development. After creating “my Soft 2 Strip version” I was collecting behind the scenes images and wanted to see if I could use my minimal approach to match scenes from the original film. So far I was able to recreate scenes from 9 different films.


THE NODE TREE

FIXED NODE STRUCTURE

NODE 1

CST

Color Space Transform

NODE 2

BALANCE

Offset
Contrast
Saturation

NODE 3

Look
Development

NODE 4

Look
Development

NODE 5

KODAK 2383

Rec709 LUT
Kodak 2383 D65

NODE 6

Look
Development

NODE 1

EXAMPLE 1

EXAMPLE 2

EXAMPLE 3

EXAMPLE 4

FROM: Arri Alexa LogC
TO: Rec709 / Cineon Film Log

FROM: Blackmagic Film Gen 5
TO: Rec709 / Cineon Film Log

FROM: Canon Log 3
TO: Rec709 / Cineon Film Log

FROM: Fujifilm F-Log
TO: Rec709 / Cineon Film Log

I built the “Soft 2 Strip” Look around the “Kodak 2383 LUT”. The LUT expects “Cineon Film Log” as Input Gamma. I placed a “CST / Color Space Transform” to transform the input footage to “Cineon Film Log” Gamma. This is happening in Node 1. Input Color Space / Gamma can be any camera that is supported by DaVinci Resolve. For example:

  • ARRI Alexa / Arri LogC
  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k / 6k
  • RED
  • Fujifilm F-Log
  • Panasonic GH5

NODE 2

The second node is to make adjustments in Offset / Printer Lights to adjust the white balance and increase or decrease contrast and saturation.


NODE 5

Node 5 is a “Mono-Rec709 LUT Kodak 2383 D65” LUT. It is included in the pack. You can use this LUT, but you can also use the “Kodak 2383 LUTs” that came with DaVinci Resolve, which are available in the Free & Studio version.


NODE 3,4 & 6

In Node 3, 4 and 6 I created the “Soft 2 Strip” (Teal & Orange) Look. When you download the “Soft 2-Strip” PowerGrade Package, you will find a “USER GUIDE – Soft 2 Strip.pdf” file with detailed information how I created the look.

As with my other projects, it was important to me to work simply and cleanly and to achieve the desired look with minimal tools so that my PowerGrade remains flexible during grading. I DID NOT use any of the following tools to create the look: Curves, Color Warper, Qualifier, Hue Vs. Hue, …


USER GUIDE

In the ZIP-File, you will find an additional 22 pages PDF User Guide that includes instructions to my minimal method that shows and explains every single Node.

The user guide covers the following topics:

  • Overall Workflow
  • Learn how to properly analyze footage
  • Working with Print Film Emulation LUTs
  • Learn to balancing a shot underneath a LUT
  • Analyze scopes for look recreation
  • Information about the “Soft 2 Strip” Preset
  • Look adjustment & look development
  • Final thoughts on working with the tools shown

PREVIEW


51 POWERGRADES

The ZIP-File Includes 51 PowerGrades. Inspired by 9 films. The PowerGrades give you an insight into the interplay between “behind the scenes” images and the final look. This gives you a hands-on exploration of PowerGrades that you can use as inspiration or as a “starting point” for developing your own look.

PREVIEW


Who is this pack designed for?

This is a pack for intermediate colorists that want to gain a solid understanding of a „Soft 2 Strip“ look development workflow and color theory. You should have at least watched “The Art of Color Grading” by Blackmagic once and know how to work with Scopes.

You will learn how to balance underneath a LUT, evaluate and recreate film looks, analyze scopes for look development and more. If you are interested in a simple, minimalistic and flexible workflow which gives you a consistent look, this pack is for you.


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SAMPLE IMAGES

Footage by Stefan Ringelschwandtner (2021)
Camera: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
Lens: 35mm Carl Zeiss Jena
Codec: BRAW 5:1
Grade: Soft 2 Strip Preset (included in the pack)
Before Image After Image
Footage by Stefan Ringelschwandtner (2021)
Camera: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Have fun.

If you have any questions or need support, feel free
to contact me at stefanATmononodesDOTcom