Colour grading is the phase when pictures start coming to life. The look of a film has to serve the story and grading isn't just about putting colours in, it creates the world of the character and can even help focus the viewers attention onto certain actions within the frame.
When preparing the storyboard I see it as a rough visual representation of the shot-list. It is not the final look nor is it the final framing but it allows me to communicate with the director what I feel should be included and what should be the focus.
We started off by asking the questions "Do we want to make it look different?", "What are the themes that differentiate the past and present?" and "Should there be a style change or a technical change?"
I see the camera as an observer, it has to be within the physical world of the character and capture the action as it happens. The camera moves for the action and not have the action move for the camera.
A lot of the knowledge I had going into this production was mainly theoretical. My experience of cinematography from previous shorts I directed were mainly shot placements rather than lighting manipulation.