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No Deadline Too Close, No Grade Too Much: Atlanta's Bed Head Media and DaVinci Resolve

Phil Stevens and his colleagues at Bed Head Media are some of the hardest working media professionals in Atlanta.

You have to be when you handle everything from commercial cinematography, short films, live event coverage, motion graphics, documentaries, corporate videography and a variety of church testimonial and website videos. Their work includes commercials for huge brands such as Home Depot and AutoZone, as well as award winning short films and documentaries.

Behind the Scenes at Bed Head Media

The Atlanta area is one of the most competitive production and post markets in the U.S., and Bed Head Media has worked hard to become a success there. The post house's success is due to the creativity and artistry of the Bed Head Media artists, with a bit of help from Blackmagic Design's professional editing and color correction software, DaVinci Resolve Studio 12.

Bed Head Media is made up of Phil Stevens (founder/director), Vivi Sawyer (creative director/producer), Travis Sawyer (creative director/ DP/Colorist) and Clayton Patterson (director of post production). The four person staff churns out an amazing amount of high quality work, which comes with a lot of tight deadlines that often overlap with other projects. The nature of the work means efficiency is just as important as creativity for the small team.

This is where DaVinci Resolve has become a workhorse for the company. The software is used for all of the company's color grading work, and is being used more and more for online and offline editing. Since the team works on various projects at the same time, and all work out of their homes, DaVinci Resolve's ability to connect Bed Head's artists remotely has become a lifesaver.

"We use DaVinci Resolve to color grade web and TV commercials and various marketing videos or interviews for our clients," said Phil.

"My DaVinci Resolve is fantastic. I mostly work on a Windows computer and it is the only software that lets me work seamlessly between Windows and MACs. The way it's set up makes going from start to render extremely efficient," stated the company's DP & colorist, Travis.

Going from Grading Live Shots to Short Film Finishing

Recently, Phil was working on a project for a large church in Jacksonville, Florida where DaVinci Resolve's various grading, editing and remote features were put to the test.

"We had a project for a church that required multiple emotional interviews that were fairly standard static shots. The turn around timeframe we had was incredibly tight," he said. "The look we were going for was vibrant, slightly bold, but still natural."

"Due to multiple rounds of revisions, we quickly ran out of time to color-grade the projects. The entire team works remotely, so once footage is graded we typically deliver it back and forth between editors. We didn't have time for that with this project. One of the editors mentioned he could grade it himself in DaVinci Resolve if the colorist could export the grade settings," Phil said.

That's when we discovered DaVinci Resolve's Power Grade option. Power Grades are saved looks (comprised of a single or group of nodes to create that look) that you can save and then quickly apply to any shot at any time in DaVinci Resolve. The colorist designed the looks, exported the Power Grades and sent them to the editor. We were able to apply them with zero issues."

Phil continued: "In addition to Power Grade, DaVinci Resolve's parallel nodes were also a huge help when we when we were making multiple selections on a single layer. Combined with all of DaVinci Resolve's features, we were able to make it all work perfectly and made the deadline easily."

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