Marie Lenfant – User Showcase

Pascal Boudet

I’m a 34 years old French artist that started as a music composer (under the alias “Cyesm”). I’m composing for video for more than a decade. 8 years ago, I met a director (and a friend!) who needed music for his film. I had a passion for photography and at some point, he decided to invite me to a shooting, to catch the tension of the subject (a glass blower), in order to compose the music afterward. He asked me to try to shoot video with a 7D he lent me, and I had such a pleasant experience. I’m still assisting him today because I like to learn, and we have a lot of fun working together. I also direct projects on my own and I enjoy that a lot.

I’ve been working on portraits for a few years now, mostly using photography. I want to make a series of video portraits about creators and artists. I’m fascinated by that “urge” to make things happen, to create. Portraying Marie Lenfant was a good way to start. Her work is amazing, and she is very dedicated to her creation. We had spoken before and I knew how much she was wondering about the political issues every artist needs to deal with at some point. I also knew that dance was a good material to work on as a cinematographer.

I first find out about FilmConvert on a youtube channel, I think it was on DSRL Guide. Then I saw a lot of people talking about it. It was often presented as a reference (like ‘it’s not as good as FilmConvert but it’s still OK’ or that kind of things) so when I began to search for tools for color grading, FilmConvert seemed like something I had to try.

To be honest, I use FilmConvert on every project I’m working on, including photography. Sometimes just for a final touch. On this project, I was looking for very soft and neutral tones. I come from photography and when it comes to color correction and style, I work on the palette a lot. I like when people are not wondering too much about the process behind. It was also my first project mixing footages from 5D mark IV (and C-log) and my Ursa mini 4.6k. FilmConvert really helped me making this mix natural.

I’m now editing and color grading on Davinci Resolve. I really think it’s easier to keep it on the same software as long as possible. Video is already a very time-consuming job 😉

On this video, I’m using the FJ Prov 100 with film color at 33% and curve around 52%. The grain is based on 35mm Full Frame and is around 50%. I kept the color profile on standard sRGB because I’m using custom LUT before using FilmConvert’s plugin. I also push the exposure and the saturation just a little bit. I really think there is a “sweet spot” on every good tool and I’m always trying a lot of tweaks before being happy with a particular setup. To me, the process ends when the toggle between before and after the plug doesn’t raise any doubt on how much better it is when it’s on.

By John Parker

Senior Marketing Manager FilmConvert