The general approach was to use two plugins in Premiere: luma curve and the fast colour corrector. The luma was done by myself and the colour correction by Vasso.
OfficeThe office is an old victorian place and the goal was to emphasise it in the grading:
On the right is the luma curve which has been used for the office. To create this look I did three things: slightly crush the blacks, then have a steep rise in the mid-tones and then a soft limit of the whites which made sure that the windows and the key lights always look a bit dim. This creates contrast in the faces but at the same time has a reduced contrast in the highlights.
The colours were de-saturated to about 50-70% depending of the scene.
Here I used the opposite approach to the office to establish a different feel. Instead of crushing the blacks I lifted the blacks slightly. The mid tones received a lower contrast instead of a higher one and then the whites were emphasised. Many indie films are graded this way and this creates a "familiar" look. I wanted to have the domestic environment more "normal" in terms of perception.
Colour had to be corrected from time to time, mainly because the overhead fluorescent bulbs used in the kitchen and corridor have a slightly different colour temperature to the fluorescent film lights.