It should be apparent by now that I am putting my distinct signature in this documentary. The Psychotronic is my passion project and I’m taking all the time and effort necessary to give the film a specific look that both pays homage to the past while using modern tools to make it a work of art all it’s own. In addition, as a one-man crew who has limited ability when it comes to makeup, I want to make sure everyone looks their best. Everyone has their hang-ups, especially me, and I understand when I get that call from a participant that feels they are not as blemish-free as they would like to be. Accomplishing both of these goals requires a time-consuming and exhausting task of utilizing masks, Lumetri color, and adjustments to brightness and contrast.
Masks on masks on masks
The first step is to create a comp for removing slight blemishes and discolorations. The rule is less is more. I mask an area close to the blemish area and then motion track the mask, adjusting it to the area with the blemish. I repeat the process until I am satisfied with the result. Once complete, I create a pre-comp to make lighting and color changes.
Copying the footage layer, I mask anything in the foreground, adjusting the blur and brightness to remove detail and attention to those items.
I then take the subject and separate the body, hair, face, and eyes from the background of the scene. Assigning Lumetri color to each, I adjust exposure, contrast, shadows, highlights and saturation to draw the eye to the subject. When I am satisfied with those results, I again create another pre-comp from those layers.
To finish up the process, one final Lumetri color is applied to the whole composition to match the footage to rest of the footage within that scene of the documentary.
Welcome to The Psychotronic
The Psychotronic is the documentary about the book, magazines, and other forms of media associated with the psychotronic film movement popularized by the creator, Michael J. Weldon. If you would like to get involved, and pick up some awesome Psychotronic stuff as well, check out our Indiegogo campaign HERE.