2018 is on the way out.
The holiday season is often a time of reflection. You look back before looking forward. I find myself measuring our past in an unexpected way.
I graduated with a B.S in Film / Television Production at Hofstra University in 1988. That same year Quantel released its famous Digital Fact Book. For the next 15 years I grabbed an updated copy where ever I could find one.Quantel's Digital Fact Book was golden.
If there was term I didn't understand; a new acronym I couldn't decipher; a new workflow that confounded me - the Digital Fact Book had me covered. Then, the Book faded away. I hadn't even noticed its absence until, after a short hiatus, with fanfare the Fact Book was updated again in 2015
and posted online.
As I write this, the server for DigitalFactBook.tv
times out. I'm not surprised. After all, how can one company hope to categorize all the terms, workflows, & acronyms that has accompanied our digital video revolution? Our industry moved too far, too fast, and isn't slowing down.
But the answer to that question is revealed this week: It's in the form of a curated blog.This week, a new Digital Fact Book rises.
30 years from now, someone will write the intro to a Newsletter like this. To an audience much like you. They will talk about how the Frame.io Workflow Guide
was published in 2018, the year they graduated. How it was a handy companion for the first 15 years of their career.
That Publisher might marvel at whatever new sentient AI helper is helping a younger generation master the technology revolution that is coming.
I have no doubt they'll fondly remember this version of the Digital Fact Book - and thank all the creative men and women who shared their knowledge and wisdom. It allows others to follow in their footsteps, and keep from avoiding the same tripwires.That's it for the Tao Colorist Newsletter in 2018!
We are on hiatus for the next two weeks. We'll see you on the other side of this year, on January 6, 2019, looking ahead to our collective future.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and as always: Happy Grading!