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  1. #1 Advice for a "gold" look 
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    Hi,

    I'm shooting next week a clip for two friends who wanted to make something similar to this ad:

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    http://vimeo.com/13786657

    I got a great location (old industrial train depot), a great car (Citroen DS 23) but am not really sure how to grade it to get that look.
    The magenta / green light leaks are easy, but I can't figure out how to get that "golden" look without making it look flat.
    Since it's a no budget clip, our only light source will be the sun and some reflector boards.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    I was going to say that using tungsten lights with the camera set to 5600K would get you that golden look, but if you are stuck with sunlight and reflectors, you could try a warming filter on the camera. But I'm not sure that orange tone is hard to achieve in post either, but if you can get ahold of a filter, then why not use it? You can even just try a set of 85ND combo filters plus a straight 85, since you may or may not need ND's. Get an orange tone and then take the color saturation down a notch.
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    I agree looks like a straight Colour temp thing for the most part and filtration on camera would be the way to go. If you feel going al the way to the 85 is to much look at an 81C .
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    My actual advice is to do as David and Ted suggest ... that is the path to best results.

    Alternatively, since you are shooting daylight - can you accomplish your shoot in late afternoon?

    Speaking to doing it in post ... its absolutely possible. The key is non-linear tone mapping. In this case you want to give the whole picture a gentle warming glow, then you want to take just a highlight region in secondaries and push it very "gold."

    Also, not the flaring. If you want your results to be the same, you need some flare. You can emulate this to some extent by lowering contrast and dropping in a "flare effect" but even done well its rather poor compared to catching your flares on set. Don't forget to test your lenses and make sure they flare in a way you like.
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    Sounds simple. Thanks for the help! The shoot will be fun, no matter the result
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    You should match your lamp´s / light kelvin temp - pretty much straight on - The trowh in a gold in the mattbox it come´s in 1 - 2- 3 - mayby a Choko 1 on top ...

    http://www.filtergallery.com/Chromatic_Filters.html

    God luck..
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