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malachite
03-03-2004, 10:17 PM
there are a couple of things id like to know about getting into digital grading and if anyone could help id be very appreciative

is the job market for being a digital colorist any good?
and what sort of education does it require? any particular major?


ive looked around everywhere but i cant find anything that mentions what schooling you need. it seems sort of difficult to get into, so it would be great to hear any advice regarding any of this.

Paul Moran
03-06-2004, 09:47 AM
while I dont have a definitive answer, I would suggest a VERY strong background in colour theory in all colour spaces, also (obviously) strong knowledge / experience in lighting, photography, film stocks, digital intermediaires & associated digital and non digital formats as well as a basic 'eye' for the correct look and feel of an emotive piece...

I imagine being a grading artist would be very demanding (even as much as editing is!!) ... but I would also imagine that it is a VERY specialised field that you more than likely cant just aim to get into ...Its perhaps something you might find your way into during your career...but Im not too sure you can just train to become a digital grader ...although I could be wrong ;)

As for starting off ...read everything you can on colour theory, film and stock, analog & digital media, lighting and the world we live in, etc etc ..

Maybe look up some of the more well known films of late (ie: LOTR) on imdb and track down the digital grader, email him/her and see if they can point you in the right direction..its worht a shot ;)

Cheers mate, let me know how it pans out...cause id like to know too

Paul

boomji
03-06-2004, 11:11 AM
Originally posted by Paul Moran

it is a VERY specialised field that you more than likely cant just aim to get into ...Its perhaps something you might find your way into during your career...but Im not too sure you can just train to become a digital grader ...although I could be wrong ;)



...you are not.


Maybe look up some of the more well known films of late (ie: LOTR) on imdb and track down the digital grader, email him/her and see if they can point you in the right direction..its worht a shot ;)

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...good idea ;)

also buy steve hullfish's book on color corection.

nice place but gets a little technical most of the times..see what u can use.>>>
http://tig.colorist.org/

b

malachite
03-06-2004, 06:27 PM
thank you! thats great advice, ill try and track down someone in the business if thats at all possible, and ill go and pick up that book on color correction

in the meantime i think ill persue something else so i wont be jobless for a while, and who knows, maybe ill get the chance to work in that area

beaker
03-08-2004, 09:57 AM
Color correction is a constant issue you are always working on if your a compositor. Definatly a parallel field you could pursue that could lead to a position as a digital grader. Another one would be a scan operator. Then your actually working for the people who have the color grading equipment. You will learn alot more about color as a compositor though. Depeding the company, scan operators are sometimes considered the "monkeys" of the operation (no offense to any people here who are scanner operators).

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