Introduction: Grading Suite Setup (02:14)
Color grading is an important part of the filmmaking process. Boutique post houses and freelance colorists make the process less expensive. There are different delivery methods: television, cinematic, and on-line.
Grading Suite Environment: Lighting (06:43)
Ensure you black out all daylight while color grading to remove variation of color temperature. Reproduce the same ambient light as the viewer will watch the program at 10% of the brightness of the screen; be careful of shadows behind the reference monitor. Bring in lamps that match 6,500 Kelvin if working on a television or online piece.
Grading Suite Environment: Walls (02:41)
Walls behind the reference monitor should be pigment-free, spectrally flat, and 18% gray. Otherwise, all the colors on the reference screen will appear tinted and color correction will not be accurate. Consider purchasing poly boards if painting is not an option.
Ollie Kenchington recommends a Blackmagic Design mini control service that works with DaVinci resolve, iMac Pro, multi-function mouse, and the Ultra studio. Consider purchasing three monitors: one for the master image, the controls, and the scopes.
Calibrating Monitors (14:59)
Reference-quality broadcast monitors have better calibration tools than computer monitors. A person's eyes will adjust to whatever is inaccurate. Kenchington demonstrates using the X-Tite i1 Display Pro tool and preferences to use whether delivering for broadcast television, cinema, and the Internet.
Calibration Reports (03:27)
Toby Tomkins explains the need to take numerous breaks. The delta E measures how far away a monitor is from optimal.
Working with Directors and Directors of Photography (11:56)
Philip Bloom explains how colorists can bring an image to life. It is best to have the client watching a monitor in another area where they cannot see the colorist's screens. Ensure the director and DP provide a brief with reference materials, including stills and video that conveys their vision for the film.
Final Tips (03:40)
The technical ability of color grading is a small part of becoming a good colorist. Listen for expressive or emotive and translate it into technical terms like contrast, gamma, and lift.
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