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‘Modern Family’ Makes the Grade at Modern VideoFilm

“Grading at times is more difficult on a show like this because I’m actually trying to hide complicated tricks, preserving the authenticity of the documentary look,” explains Aidan Stanford, colorist at Modern VideoFilm, about his work on the ABC series Modern Family. “Luckily, [Blackmagic Design] DaVinci Resolve has all the tools I need. In general, footage is given a very subtle low-contrast grade, trying to achieve very readable blacks and shadows on air. We really want the show to feel as filmic as possible, but still give things a nice treatment when needed.”

Stanford notes that when he is reviewing material with the show’s creative team, he can isolate shots or even whole scenes with Resolve’s track grade, making the change in real time. This, he explains, “is very helpful and, most importantly, quick for the client.”