Blockbuster Looks in DaVinci Resolve: Transformers

This article was originally published on PremiumBeat’s blog.

The Transformers franchise helped usher in the era of the Teal and Orange color palette. Here’s how to achieve Hollywood’s go-to look in DaVinci Resolve.

Color palettes in movies are subject to stylistic shifts just like wardrobe, editing style, or actor choices. Recently, many Hollywood movies have trended toward specific color palettes so that viewers are left remembering their unique visual style. Let’s take a look at one of these looks in our favorite color grading software, Davinci Resolve.

 Approaching the Grade

The current popular look for major Hollywood movies adds blue to the shadows and orange into the midtones and/or the highlights. Orange and blue are complementary colors, so when their values are enhanced, a natural color separation occurs that is pleasing. This look has been employed on dozens of Hollywood movies, one of the first and most recognizable being Transformers. It’s interesting to observe how extreme this look had gotten by the time of its sequel.

Let’s begin by balancing the image. This will quicken your coloring chops but will also achieve a level of consistency across all shots in the timeline before extreme gradesare applied.

Our original image. It’s a bit flat, but that’s exactly why we’ll perform our primary balancing correction.

Blockbuster Looks in DaVinci Resolve: Transformers - 1

Here’s my balance of the image. I’ve given the image a nice, even exposure without pushing the saturation too much.

Blockbuster Looks in DaVinci Resolve: Transformers - 2 - balance

Here’s where I netted out on the primary corrections.

Blockbuster Looks in DaVinci Resolve: Transformers - 3 - primary

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