Color Correcting "This Sacred Place"

The setting was stunning: an old rural church in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Built in 1883, the Old Lynn Church had hosted many performances over the last 100 years. But for the last two decades, it was home to some of the world's most renowned singer-songwriters. 

This Sacred Place: The Story of Old Lynn Concerts tells this part of the Old Lynn story. 

As a concert venue, the sound is spectacular in this church. There is something warm and comfortable about the way the sound envelopes the audience, bouncing here and there off the walls and the tin ceiling, providing a pleasant reverb. In terms of lighting----well, that proved to be a bit of a challenge. This was apparent especially as the light from the early evening that was coming in through the stained glass began to change, darkening the room. 

Lighting is crucial to any endeavor at story-telling; a live concert is no different. "White Balance" is necessary to adjust the camera's sensors to the light in order to train the processor to adapt for the conditions. This usually involved pointing the camera at a white-colored board and pressing a button to set the color temperature to its most natural look and then adjust manually as needed. Color is measured by temperature --- not too different from the "daylight" bulbs and "soft white" bulbs that you buy for your fixtures. They are graded by temperature in the form of Kelvin (K). A "soft white" bulb is about 2700K, whereas a "day white" bulb is around 5000K. There is more blue in daylight and more red in soft white. 



Prior to the start of the show, all three Canon cameras used to film This Sacred Place were white balanced for the conditions at roughly 6 pm when sunlight was still streaming through the windows. The light from the windows was more natural, thus blue-light heavy. The artificial light that lit the stage and the room was incandescent; thus, more red in tone. This made the shooting of the room very difficult for the camera. The mixture of different light sources tends to mess with the camera's imaging processor. As the show started and the cameras were rolling, the light changed. And so did the way the cameras processed the color. As the filming progressed, the adjustment of the white balance was not possible without jeopardizing the final product and thus making digital color-correction more difficult. 

The raw footage of This Sacred Place was not uniform in its look, due to the placement of the cameras and how the artificial light at those locations was interpreted differently by each camera, especially when the natural light from the windows diminished. Overall, the end result was footage that was tinted red; more so as the night progressed. No worries. Digital imagery can easily be manipulated. 


Post-Production of any film involves color-correction. This is the process of changing the palette of the film, and making sure that all shots match each other in temperature, tone, and saturation. This can be a tedious process, especially if an editor has shots from different cameras at angles with different lighting. 

I edited the film in Adobe Premiere Pro, which is a timeline-based editing system. This robust program has the Lumetri Color Panel which provides a host of options for color correction. For each clip, an "adjustment layer" was used to modify the color settings for that clip. The adjustment layer applies color correction and effects to the clip directly below it on the timeline. 


Temperature, exposure, saturation, and curves were all adjusted to my liking. I also added a slight vignette, as well. I liked the way that looked and provided a retro feel that fit nicely with the setting and narrative. 

Before any of the color correction could happen, however, the film had to be edited and placed in the timeline in the order that the narrative required. Then the audio was mixed to also provide some type of uniformity in tone and volume. The color correction was the last phase of the project. 


In the end, the concert footage contained in This Sacred Place: The Story of the Old Lynn Concerts looks more natural than the raw footage revealed. The adjustments in Premiere Pro lowered the red tint and boosted the blues in the spectrum. The muted blacks were raised through a boost in contrast and the saturation of the colors was increased to provide a look that more closely aligned with what the audience actually saw that night.

This Sacred Place --- No. 2 Streamed movie at DMOFF

For this week, This Sacred Place: The Story of Old Lynn Concerts was in the top 10 of the streamed films for the festival this week. It landed at the number 2 position!

Keep streaming!  You can view the film at this link: https://www.dmoffest.com/post/this-sacred-place-the-story-of-old-lynn-concerts





This Sacred Place is an Official Selection for the DMOFF


This Sacred Place: The Story of Old Lynn Concerts
has been selected as an Official Selection for the Direct Monthly Online Film Festival. The film will be streaming online throughout the month of January. 

Click here to watch the film.

World Premiere of "This Sacred Place" to Stream for Free Jan. 2

Back in 2019, suburban Chicago history teacher Bruce Janu packed his car with camera equipment and headed on a road trip to Lynn, Pennsylvania. His task: document the last concert of the famed "Old Lynn Concert Series."

He wasn’t the only out-of-towner to attend this concert. Others came a long way for the show --- as far away as Idaho.

But this place is not on a map. Lynn is at a crossroads in rural Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Blink and you will miss it. 

The unusual concert venue was the Methodist Episcopal Church of Lynn built in 1883.  This church was known for its musical presentations throughout the years. That tradition was continued in 2000 when the old church was turned into a concert hall. Despite its location in rural Northeastern, Pennsylvania, the Old Lynn Concert Series managed to bring in some of the most acclaimed acoustic folk artists from all over the world. Renowned singer-songwriters such as Jez Lowe, Bob Warren and Michael Jerling were among those to grace the Old Lynn stage over the years. During its nineteen-year run, the series presented over 150 free concerts to the community and beyond.

This Sacred Place: The Story of Old Lynn Concerts presents the history of the series along with footage from the grand finale, featuring singer-songwriters Lorne Clarke, Tom Flannery, and former Badlees guitarist Bret Alexander. 

Before hitting the festival circuit next year, This Sacred Place will have its world premiere on Saturday January 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm, Eastern. The film will be streamed for free online via Scener. Janu, Clarke, Flannery and others will be on hand virtually to introduce the film, talk about the series and answer questions from the online audience. 

“As the Old Lynn Concert Series was a free event,” explains Janu, “we wanted to honor that tradition by first presenting the film to the world in the same way.”

More information about this event can be found at http://www.bellbookcamera.com.

https://scener.com/bbcp?eventId=41805




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Suburban Chicago Teacher Produces Documentary on Famed Concert Series


Suburban Chicago Teacher Produces Documentary on Famed Concert Series
"This Sacred Place" tells the story of Old Lynn Concerts

(Chicago) December 27, 2020. Memorial Day weekend, 2019, suburban Chicago history teacher Bruce Janu packed his car with camera equipment and headed on a road trip to Lynn, Pennsylvania. His task: document the last concert of the famed "Old Lynn Concert Series."

He wasn’t the only out-of-towner to attend this concert. Others came a long way for the show --- as far away as Idaho.

But this place is not on a map. Lynn is at a crossroads in rural Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Blink and you will miss it. 

The unusual concert venue was the Methodist Episcopal Church of Lynn built in 1883.  This church was known for its musical presentations throughout the years. That tradition was continued in 2000 when the old church was turned into a concert hall. Despite its location in rural Northeastern, Pennsylvania, the Old Lynn Concert Series managed to bring in some of the most acclaimed acoustic folk artists from all over the world. Renowned singer-songwriters such as Jez Lowe, Bob Warren and Michael Jerling were among those to grace the Old Lynn stage over the years. During its nineteen-year run, the series presented over 150 free concerts to the community and beyond.

This Sacred Place: The Story of Old Lynn Concerts presents the history of the series along with footage from the grand finale, featuring singer-songwriters Lorne Clarke, Tom Flannery, and former Badlees guitarist Bret Alexander.

Janu had met Lorne Clarke and Tom Flannery back in 2005 when the musicians contributed the soundtracks to his films Facing Sudan and Crayons and Paper. When he heard that the concert series was coming to an end, he knew he had to tell the story.

“I went to one concert about 10 years ago,” Janu explains. “And I just fell in love with the venue. So unique. And a great place to listen to music.”

The concert series was a labor of love for Lorne Clarke, who not only served as the musical director and host of the series, but also is one of the producers of the documentary.

Before hitting the festival circuit next year, This Sacred Place will have its world premiere on Saturday January 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm, Eastern.

“As the Old Lynn Concert Series was a free event,” explains Janu, “we wanted to honor that tradition by presenting the film to the world in the same way.”

The film will be streamed for free online via Scener. Janu, Clarke and others will be on hand virtually to introduce the film, talk about the series and answer questions from the online audience. More information about this event can be found at http://www.bellbookcamera.com.

More information about the artists:

Lorne Clarke

Tom Flannery

Bret Alexander



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Bell, Book and Camera Productionsinfo@bellbookcamera.com224-357-6214http://www.bellbookcamera.com
Categories : Arts , Entertainment , Event , Movies , Music
Tags : movie , premiere , documentary , pennsylvania , folk music