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Lee McEachern
Re: How can I make the color grader happy?
on Apr 21, 2020 at 12:29:49 am

Hi Chris.
Thanks for taking the time. I do understand that shooting flatter gives more dynamic range which, in most cases, is a good thing. But, as we both understand, in this case it would complicate things because of differences between the footage in two different shoots. My understanding of that fact is what leads to my underlying question:
Is the benefit of having greater dynamic range in the new footage outweighed by the challenge of having to match the earlier footage with the new?

I'm not sure which option a professional color grader would choose: Make no change and keep things simple or take the advantage of more dynamic range for a significant percentage of the material by shooting it flatter. I think your preference of not switching horses mid-stream sounds very reasonable. But I'd be interested to know from other experts here if there's another side to this before I finalize my decision.

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