An Introduction to Digital Colour Grading
Duration: 2 days
Times: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Capacity: Max. 25 participants
With the advent of digital motion picture cameras, the art and science of digital colour grading has become more important than ever. While in the traditional, linear production process colour grading was left for the end of post production, the new approach that is emerging is challenging this view.
Colour has the ability to manipulate perception and stimulate emotions. It can focus attention, improve understanding, and ultimately, add production value. But how should filmmakers and film professionals deploy colour successfully in the production pipeline?
This 2-day introduction with Dado Valentic (MARCO POLO Season 2, ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING, DOUGH, EXODUS, GAME OF THRONES) is aimed at anyone with an interest in colour grading. Colourists, filmmakers, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, DITs and visual effects artists are all welcome.
The images that audiences will be viewing in the future will be of a higher resolution, higher dynamic range, contrast, brightness and larger colour spectrum; in short, much more life like. Dado's work as colourist and colour scientist is always in step with the latest digital imaging technologies. Read a recent interview with Dado.
MARCO POLO Season 2 has been nominated for ASC awards. Shot by Vanja Cernjul using Mytherapy colour science.
Please note: This is not a hands-on practical workshop, but rather a seminar-style/discussion-based exploration of colour grading and its potential.
Topics covered include:
- Introduction: What does a colourist do? Is grading a technical necessity?
- A Short History of Colour Grading and Enhancement: How today’s grading technologies and techniques have developed.
- Digital Motion Picture Cameras overview.
- RAW Camera workflow and necessity of colour grading.
- Effects of Colour: Examples of correction, enhancement and effects.
- Getting Started: What are the essential tools needed?
- Taking It Further: A professional approach.
- Grading Suites and Theatres: When should you use them? Are they all the same?
Day two will concentrate on two different case studies.
BRIDGE by Amit Ranjan Biswas is a low budget indie feature shot on Red. The film was finished by Dado to a much higher standard than the budget would originally allow. Find out how this was done and learn about the workflow, from shoot to the final 4K Digital Cinema master.
ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING by Terry Jones is a big budget feature film shot on Alexa that takes full advantage of modern workflows, tools and techniques. Explore the grading process from shoot to finish, and discover to what extent the process was the same for both features.