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9 March, 2013
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Colors that Fade
Beauty of ACES

Color Management
Hitting the Wall
Adopting Technology
Popular Looks

How to book a colorist
One Light to Final Grade
Layer It! - Color Layers
The Need for Speed
Software Color Systems
Bleach Bypass
Defocus Soft Skin
Toolbox Reflections

Toolbox Day for Night

Toolbox Film Effects
Color Restoration
What Is Color?

When to Color

Data or Video?
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FilmMaster Notes Library
Desktop Wallpaper
Custom Curves

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  • Colors That Fade: Now that DI has really taken off and the cost of owning a system has fallen sharply, the number of working colorists has grown just as dramatically. This boom in color grading may also have caused significant changes to the perception of images by the audience.
Colors that Fade
  • Color Management: A case study about color management, monitor calibration and feature film DI grading. "180" is a colorful film graded for film, DCP and video distribution using THX cineSpace tools.
180 CMS
  • Popular Looks: An overview of some common styles that are ever popular in feature films. This presentation was first given at IBC 2009 for Digital Vision in the Training Zone.
  • Bleach Bypass: also known as Skip Bleach, Bleach Reduction, ENR, ACE and Silver Tint. All result in a distinctive high contrast, harsh, faded look. This article describes ways of creating that look.
Colorist Knowledge
  • Hitting the Wall: Every colorist I have met is passionate about their job. But each of us needs a creative boost from time to time. This short article offers a few suggestions to enrich your style, and improve your technique.
The WallThe Wall



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DI Papers
  • The Beauty of ACES...: This paper explains the theory and practice of using Nucoda Film Master with the workflow developed by AMPAS.. Their aims are to improve and simplify post-production workflow, restore and preserve current motion picture assets and to create a standard that is ready for future technologies. I think they succeeded.
  • Adopting New Technology: This paper considers the adoption of new technology, with specific regard to the advancements made in software color enhancement. It follows on from my paper Software Color Correction below.

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Soft Skin
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