Colorist Jason Hanel has mastered color-grading animated films, with notable works in Despicable Me, Minions, Sing, and many more. He spoke with Animation World Network about his recent work with Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment for The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
Using Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, his tool of choice, he meticulously adjusts parameters and refines scenes frame by frame. As with live-action filmmaking, his work on animated films consists of adjusting parameters such as saturation and luminance and isolating portions of the frame for secondary corrections using tools such as Power Windows and keys to finetune a project scene by scene.
Collaborating with lead creatives in his grading theater at Company 3’s Hollywood location, Hanel notes, “I’m there to get this to its most perfect version for them,” Hanel says. “I become part of that process where I’m looking for all the things that are ‘off model’ as they say in animation, get it back ‘on model’ so that everything looks and feels exactly as intended.”
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