[Interview] The 3 Pillars of a Proper Color Correction Room

“The 3 Pillars of a Grading Suite: How To Set Up Your Room for Color Correction”

An Interview with Alexis Van Hurkman, Part 3

Alexis Van Hurkman: Writer, Director, Colorist

In Part 3, we are focus on one topic: setting up a room for accurate color correction. The main points we cover:

  • The elements of a good physical space
  • Lighting requirements
  • The ‘surround’ wall
  • How to select a good color grading monitor
  • LCD vs Plasma
  • Professional calibration
  • 8-bit vs 10-bit

Length: 32 minutes

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Show Notes:

Alexis Van Hurkman’s website & blog

Alexis on IMDb

Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema NEW! Released November 2010

Apple Pro Training Series: Encyclopedia of Color Correction / Field Techniques Using Final Cut Pro

Advanced Color Correction And Effects in Final Cut Pro 5

Flanders Scientific 24” 8bit LCD

Flanders Scientific 24” 10bit LCD

HP’s Dreamcolor 10bit LCD

THX Certification & Calibrators


In Depth: Simultaneous Color Contrast

In Depth: Simultaneous Luminance Contrast

This is Part 3 of this three-part interview with author, director, and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman. Alexis was kind enough to spend nearly 2.5 hours speaking with me about his career and insights into the art, craft and technology of digital color grading.

This interview is part of an on-going interview series with the movers, shaker, and thinkers involved in the field of professional color grading for moving images. When I have new episodes to release, they are released on Tuesdays. To be notified you may follow me on Twitter (@patInhofer), via our RSS feed, and eventually on iTunes.

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