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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.

Tools (05:15)

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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Grading Suite Setup

Part of the Series : Mastering Color
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In the first module, Ollie shows us why setting up an environment where your eyes and monitors can be trusted is of vital importance. As well as seeing how professional suites are configured, thanks to a rare interview with CHEAT lead colorist, Toby Tomkins, Ollie also gives practical tips on how to create a home suite on a budget and how to calibrate your own monitors. He finishes up with advice on working with clients in the room, and how to decode emotive keywords that clients might use to describe the look they are after.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL194664

ISBN: 978-1-64623-783-8

Copyright date: ©2018

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