🎨 Colorist Newsletter #493

Published: Sun, 09/19/21

Issue CDXCIII: The Private Crew Edition
The Tao of Color Grading Newsletter
Curated links of news, reviews, thoughts, career advice, and humor for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sundays.
From The Publisher
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Happy Grading!

I'll see you next Sunday.
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- Patrick Inhofer
Colorist | Publisher | Coach

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The Craft
Featuring the work of creative craftsmen, the theory of color, and industry news. Learn practical workflows, useful theories, and actionable insights from existing (and emerging) leaders and teachers in our industry.

Lots of interesting observations like this: "The briefs are different for different brands and types of films, from the translucid skins of high fashion models to the nice peachy skins of pampers babies. One colour that always creeps into the skin tones is green and I find that it is a very delicate balance of removing that and not making it look too magenta."

(video) "Matthew Tomlinson is currently the Color Scientist at Harbor where he services projects by ensuring color consistency from pre-production through final color as well as creative look development ... His recent credits include Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time and Hollywood”, Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman”, Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” and Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman.”

(video) "Follow along with senior colorist Cullen Kelly as he grades a project live and shares his thoughts, insights, and decision-making along the way."

(video) "Many filmmakers have never had their projects properly color graded and the process can be intimidating and technically complicated. In this video, I break down the process and workflow as well as how to find a colorist and share your work."

But the theatrical window is shortening to 30 or 45 days (depending on the movie) before hitting Disney+.

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The Tools
Our craft keeps changing. And growing. Learn about updates to your favorite software. Discover new tools to help you work faster or more creatively. Build your toolchest with new techniques and approaches. 

This training course is authored by a good friend of the Tao, Jason Bowdach, "You will learn complex saturation workflows, how to evaluate and recreate film emulations, analyze and create film halation, create custom black and white look, film grain methodology, the teal and orange look and much more." An overview video is embedded on the page.

(video) If you haven't thought about why you might want to use Fusion stand-alone with Resolve Studio. There are good ideas in here if you're adding Fusion as part of your skillset.

I keep expecting VR to make a bigger impact in my corner of the craft. So far? No go. But still, I'm intrigued. On this new landing page for their VR software, there is a header link to their YouTube videos for Mistika VR. If you're like me, you may find them interesting - even if you aren't quite ready for it.

Currently, in beta, this new 'Simplify Sequence' command opens a panel, "to make a copy of your sequence that has been simplified based on options you choose ... for sharing your sequence with another editor or preparing it for export via EDL, XML, or AAF." (via Marc Wielage)

"Collecting data from many different sources, associating metadata in a way that benefits further production steps, validating the integrity of information, and preparing metadata for distribution: All these demanding tasks have their origin on set, and you, as a DIT, are in charge."

"Based on recent headlines making all sorts of claims about Artificial Intelligence (AI) it’s reasonable to wonder if your job is going to be taken over by AI. Can any sort of machine do creative work? What sort of workplace will it be if AI takes over? In this article, I take an in-depth look at all the ways that AI and Machine Learning (ML) are affecting every aspect of production from storytelling to visual effects."

A good primer on the latest macOS file system: "When you install macOS High Sierra and later on the built-in solid-state drive (SSD) of a Mac, that drive is automatically converted to APFS. Fusion Drives and hard disk drives (HDDs) aren’t converted."

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Pushing Photons
These stories are from MixingLight.com's membership Library of color grading articles, tutorials, and podcasts (Tao Of Color is co-Owner). Do you want to read a story listed here but not a member? Sign up for a free 7-Day Test Drive.​​​ There's also color correction Practice Projects for purchase. 

(video) "ACES is an extremely popular color management pipeline but its RRT can impose a ‘look’. In this Insight learn about OpenDRT & how to implement it."

"Colorist Joey D'Anna shows how to set up and use the open-source software 'Syncthing' to share media across three remote locations."

(video) "Cullen Kelly explores how to combine two separate DCTLs for increased user functionality without adding complexity."

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Gear Heads
Stay updated on the latest hardware that's shipping - because the craft of color grading isn't just about software. Plus, keep an eye on future equipment trends and hardware odds-and-ends.

Interesting. "The Calman Verified certification guarantees that the ProArt A1 comes pre-calibrated with a Delta E average color value of under 2.0 and a max value under 4.0."

There are good tips in here, including one I didn't know: Using a terminal command to purge inactive RAM.

"I’ve come to discover that a certain sub-group of these post-pros love to take things a step further and either create their own custom devices, or take an existing device and hack it about a bit to make it do something new.

In this post I’m going to give you a guided tour of the best custom made video editing and colour grading gear I’ve seen over the years."

A software alert if you use a MercuryPro LTO, "If you are successfully using myLTO with your Mercury Pro LTO, do NOT update your version of the LTFS tools from the open source packages from IBM, HPE, Quantum, or others as this will cause myLTO to stop recognizing when your tape is properly mounted." If you've updated, click through for instructions on what to do next.

"Vimeo now lets you upload and share Dolby Vision video shot on any of the iPhone 12 lineup directly to their online video streaming platform. No video degradation, no format conversions; just your homemade 4K Dolby Vision HDR video."

Apple announced ProRes recording on their upcoming iPhone 13 Pro (Max). This article details all the know unknowns after the product announcement.

Sunday Fun(nies)
Random thoughts, tidbits, and fun stuff that caught my attention this week. Maybe it's color grading related. Maybe not. Ya got'ta read to the end of the Newsletter to find out.
Living 90 miles from the Kennedy Space Center, I'm amazed and humbled every time I see a dot of flame and smoke rise into, and out of, the sky. In that sense, this week's launch was no different - except it was 100% different: "Inspiration4 is a mission bought by a private citizen and flown by a private company, and it will serve a primary purpose of leisure. If space is truly to become a place where thousands of people live, work, and play, we will need non-government missions. And this is the start of that era."

This sounds like fun: "Splitgate is a belter of a multiplayer arena shooter, born of gimmickry, yet graduating with honours, it's a grin-delivering game of tight, gun gymnastics and wacky Loony Tunes doorways, and just the right amount of frustrating to make you sweat and launch into another scramble for the bazooka in the middle of the map."

Not funny - but Sir Sinclair has definitely brought joy, fun, and new tools to hundreds of millions of his fellow human beings. He created the original pocket calculators and was the creator of the landmark ZX Spectrum. Click through to read what us 1980s teenagers were calling 'cutting edge'. (via Robbie Carman)
Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you next week.