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Colorist Strategies with ICA

at AbelCine Training - Chicago

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Chicago, Downtown/Loop
2602 W 16th St 4th Fl
Btwn S Rockwell St & S Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60608
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Kevin Shaw

What you'll learn in this film production class:

This is the most popular ICA class and is designed for industry professionals, assistant colorists and newer colorists. It covers colorist theory and a detailed look at color tools. It also suggests grading strategies, and session management techniques. There is a Nucoda Film Master to demonstrate and practice on, but the course content is not system specific and is useful for using and comparing all grading systems. Laptop systems are welcome in the class. Participants are encouraged to bring frames or clips to discuss during the class.

The first day covers colorist theories and explains the physical, psychological and cultural aspects of seeing. This leads to an understanding of how influential visual clues are in audience reaction and emotion. (The first part is also offered as a one day class: Color Theory with Kevin) The course then examines the film, video and graphics color tools that are available and how, when and why they might be used. We also cover best practices for colorist workflows and session management. (The second part is also offered as a one day class: Colorist Tools with Kevin)

In 2017 the syllabus has been updated to include scene referred workflows, 4k and HDR basics.

This course can be followed by Creating Popular Looks or Advanced Color Design for those that wish to take a 5 day course.

Each student will receive a certificate of completion.

Computers are provided for each student.

  • How we perceive and react to color
  • The truth about resolution, bit depth and dynamic range
  • Ways to work with log and linear grades
  • How colorists make an image look great
  • Why primary tools are actually different on every system
  • Which techniques are most effective for secondary grading
  • What you can do to protect image quality
  • How to work faster
  • Ways to use DI workflows
  • How to work with clients
Who Should Attend

This class is designed for industry professionals, assistant colorists and newer colorists. It is the ideal first class for anyone that has not had the benefit of basic theory training. It covers both theory and practice of efficient workflows and grading techniques. The class is valid for all systtems, but does include practical sessions with Resolve or Film Master. Other "bring your own" systems are welcome.

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Payment must be received upon registration. If a participant is unable to attend for any reason, you may transfer registration to an alternate date or location, or use the full credit towards a different workshop. You may also transfer enrollment to someone else, but you must provide the updated registrant information prior to the start of the class. If unable to attend, you must notify AbelCine within 48 hours prior to the scheduled start time. Any discount codes, coupons, or certificates must be redeemed at registration. Multiple discounts cannot be combined, in these situations we will honor the largest discount. 

Refund is available if cancellation is at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled start time.

AbelCine reserves the right to cancel or postpone classes in the event of low enrollment or forces beyond our control. If the instructor is sick or unable to attend, we will notify clients 48 hours in advance of class to reschedule for a later date. 


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