The next in the series of acclaimed FilmLight Colour Day masterclasses will be held alongside NAB on Monday 8th April 2019. Presented by industry leaders in creative grading, this intensive day will introduce colourists, DoPs and the wider production and post industry to the opportunities and challenges of modern colour finishing and delivery.
Headlining the day are four distinguished colourists: Doug Delaney from Technicolor in LA, Andrea Chlebak and Laura Jans Fazio from Deluxe’s Encore in Hollywood, and Fernando Medellin from Oxido in Mexico. Between them they have worked on award-winning films, the most popular prestige television productions and iconic ad campaigns and pop promos.
“The buttons and knobs don’t make the grade, the ideas and execution do,” said Delaney, who recently graded the latest Marvel blockbuster Captain Marvel on Baselight. “I love the discovery process: working with filmmakers to find the right tone for the piece. Then refining and evolving that tone becomes the mission and joy of the job.”
With the latest generation of tools, colour grading has become a routine part of more than just big-budget productions. In times of super-sharp, wide gamut cameras and displays, the colour team has to manage critical workflows and collaborative pipelines as well as apply a creative edge, often in front of clients in live review sessions.
There is a lot of functionality to learn and a lot of pressure to use it effectively. To give professional and aspiring colourists and creatives a head start, FilmLight developed a series of Colour Days and Masterclasses in 2018 as a service to the industry, part of its education and outreach programme.
The featured colourists will be joined on stage by FilmLight colour experts Daniele Siragusano and Andy Minuth.
“The colour process today has huge potential, given the remarkable quality in high-contrast digital cinematography cameras,” said Siragusano, Image Engineer at FilmLight. “The role of colourists is not only to use colour to tell the story, but also to ensure that colour fidelity is maintained at every point from on-set dailies to viewing at home or in the theatre.”
Jans Fazio, Senior Colourist at Encore, agreed. “Baselight's colour management is very robust but also flexible enough that the colour pipeline can be customised for the specific needs of any show.”
“When you use the Baselight colour pipeline, setting it correctly from the set to the finishing colour grading, it becomes a powerful tool,” added Medellin, “not only for producing multiple deliverables, but also for the creative decisions between the cinematographer and the colourist.”
The Colour Day at NAB2019 provides the perfect opportunity to discuss challenges and creative technologies in a professional, non-commercial atmosphere.
The event will be held in the Renaissance Hotel, adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The room will be equipped with a full Baselight workstation and HDR monitoring, to replicate as far as possible a top-end grading suite. Material will be drawn from recently released movies, television productions and beauty commercials, chosen to illustrate key issues like HDR and colour space transforms.
The NAB2019 Colour Day is free to attend but spaces are limited to ensure good interaction between presenters and attendees. Advance registration is required to secure a place. More details and the registration form can be found at https://filmlightnab2019colorday.eventbrite.com.
On the show floor, FilmLight will have demonstrations of its set-to-deliverables render-free colour workflow. Find FilmLight at NAB2019 (Las Vegas Convention Center, 8–11 April) on booth SL4105.