Ramsey Bros. Pictures' latest short, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Murder," required quite a bit of color grading. The interiors were filmed in John's one car garage. Black cloth and poster board were hung to cover the portions of the garage wall that were visible to the camera. We figured we could get away with that since the characters were supposed to be in the middle of nowhere. The scene was lit with shop lights (mounted on a neighboring SUV) and various other non-pro lights. Since they cast a yellow hue, color correction was required. Oh, and we used a laptop to simulate the speedometer lights.
This last shot was particularly tricky. In the original shot, the hitchhiker, played by Andy Ritchie, rode shotgun, while John's wife, Anna, drove. (John was doing a stand-up show that night and wouldn't join us until later.) In addition to color correcting the shot, I decided to crop and shrink our standard two shot of John and Andy and "paste" it over the windshield and have it track with the moving van. To see the film, click here.