An Introduction to Digital Colour Grading

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An Introduction to Digital Colour Grading

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Duration: 2 days
Times: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Capacity: Max. 25 participants
Fee: £250

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.

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Please note: This is not a hands-on practical workshop, but rather a seminar-style/discussion-based exploration of colour grading and its potential.

Day One

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

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.

Tutor profile: Dado Valentic, Master Colourist


Dado Valentic's workshops at LFS

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Dado Valentic is an award winning master colourist credited for several developments in the field of RAW camera processing, Dado Valentic is at the very forefront of colour grading technology, continually pushing the boundaries and bringing innovations within this field. Working on some of the biggest feature films and commercials across the world, he is one of the most sought after colourists around.

Mytherapy has just opened London’s newest 4K Colour Grading Theatre at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea to provide the best talent, technology and the latest knowhow.


Dado Valentic’s approach to colour training blurs the boundaries between the arts, science and technology. The aim of his colour training work is to bring innovation and offer a deeper understanding of colour and perception that reaches far beyond perimeters of his research lab. Dado Valentic’s approach to communicating colour science has won him a wide audience with over 20 sell-out classes at the ICA-International Colourist Academy in London.

Reducation classes in London, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Singapore, Moscow and Gothenburg. Guest lectures at International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, National Broadcasting Convention in Las Vegas, British Society of Cinematographers Expo, BAFTA and Creative Week in London. He is a regular lecturer at the Dutch Film Academy, London International Film School, Moscow International Film School, SAE Oxford and Edinburgh University of Arts, German film academy, Berlin- Up. Grade. Custom Training Programmes for production and post production companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Stink, Gramar Park Studios, The One Off, Burberry, etc. He has brought his method of teaching to TV GLOBO in Brazil and South Korean National Television Foundation.


1. Digital Cinematography Fundamentals
2. Introduction to Colour Grading
3. Davinci Resolve 101
4. Davinci Resolve 201
5. Popular Looks
6. Colour for UHDTV
7. Academy Colour Encoding Science ( ACES)


1. Feature film colour grading
2. Commercials colour grading
3. Colour Anatomy

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