Butch: Before and After Color Grading Breakdown

This is a breakdown of my color grading process for the documentary Butch: Legend of Langston.  This was a wonderful film and story to grade.  The approach was to make the film just as vibrant and magical as Butch is.  The film was shot on Blackmagic Ursa 4.6K.  The film was graded in DaVinci Resolve.

Easily the most recognizable character of Langston University for over 50 years, Butch is loved by all and known by none. Set in the nation’s westernmost HBCU (historically black college or university), Butch: Legend of Langston explores the many myths, stories, and legends of a man who has lived on campus since 1963.

Director:  David Tester - 1577 Productions

Director of Photography: Christopher Hunt - 1577 Productions

Colorist: Todd Gill CSI – Digital Post Ink


Music:  “Caterpillar” by The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini

2016 Grading Demo Reel

Featuring footage from recent work Todd has graded in DaVinci Resolve.

Colorist:  Todd Gill CSI

Braum’s Burgers – TV Campaign

JG Wentworth – TV Campaign

Ranger Boats – TV Campaign

Rapture Us – Short Film

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission – Promo

Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield – TV Campaign

Course of Food – Documentary

University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College – TV Campaign

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery – TV Campaign

Department of Arkansas Heritage – TV Campaign

First Security Bank – TV Campaign

Mary – Short Film

Delta Dental, Arkansas – TV Campaign

Conway Corp. – TV Campaign



 Music “Dr. Kitt” – Kula Shaker