[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

Part 1 | Part 2 | Subscribe in iTunes


 


Feel free to leave comments, suggestions, and questions.

 

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

Company3

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.

Here’s the main page listing all of my TaoOfColor.com interviews.


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(Disclaimer to the disclaimer: the above disclaimer was swiped, in sum and substance, from fellow blogger Steve Hullfish.)

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Alexis Van Hurkman Interview, Part 2


“A Bad Grade = Giving The Edit Away”

 

Alexis Van Hurkman: Writer, Director, Colorist

Welcome to Part 2 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. In Part 2, the main points we cover:

  • His Apple Pro Training books
  • His newest book, “Color Correction Handbook”
  • Colorist control surfaces
  • Vignettes
  • How we see color and how that influences grading

Scroll down for full show notes and comments

Length: 49 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! Just 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

Michael Wohl’s Books

RocknRolla (Single-Disc Edition), director: Guy Richie

Traffic: Traffic – The Criterion Collection, DVD | Traffic (Combo Blu-ray and Standard DVD)

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 podcast-only RSS feed, and on iTunes.

Here’s the main page listing all of my TaoOfColor.com interviews.


FCC DISCLAIMER
Yes, I am an Amazon affiliate. Anything on this page that links to Amazon is most likely an affiliate link. If you buy anything from my affiliate link I get a 4-6% commission. Which doesn’t quite buy me a tall (small) latte from Starbucks.

 

Which begs the question: why do bloggers have to report that they received a small commission, and Congressman and Senators don’t have to state which lobbyists they took tens of thousands of dollars from each time they vote on a bill? It might go in some crappy little report, but why don’t they have to stand up when they vote and say, “I think this health insurance provision is GREAT. Let’s make it law! By the way, the health care industry flew me to Hawaii to have sex with underage hookers for a week.”

(Disclaimer to the disclaimer: the above disclaimer was swiped, in sum and substance, from fellow blogger Steve Hullfish)

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Alexis Van Hurkman Interview, Part 1


Interview Series Main Page

“This Checkbox is for Checkboxing”

Alexis Van Hurkman: Writer, Director, Colorist

Welcome to Part 1 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. In Part 1, the main points we cover:

  • His love of fiction writing and fiction content, including a few of his fiction projects
  • Monetizing Content
  • The ephemeral nature of business plans
  • Writing User Manuals for Apple (Final Cut Pro, Color, Shake)
  • Introducing broad audiences to niche software
  • Career routes to directing
  • Working with clients in a color grading session
  • Verbally communicating color with a client
  • The responsibility of the colorist to their client
  • The most lethal client request in digital post-production

Feel free to leave comments, suggestions, and questions below.

Listen to: Part 2 | Part 3

Show Notes:

Alexis Van Hurkman’s website & blog

Alexis on IMDb

Starship Detriteus Website

SpaceTrawler.com

Four Weeks, Four Hours, Directed by Alexis Van Hurkman

Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema NEW! Just released November 2010 (Amazon.com affiliate link)

Apple Pro Training Series: Encyclopedia of Color Correction / Field Techniques Using Final Cut Pro (Amazon.com affiliate link)

Advanced Color Correction And Effects in Final Cut Pro 5 (Amazon.com affiliate link)

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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“The Color Correction Handbook” Trivia Winner


The drawing is complete, the winner has been selected

Congratulations to Clay! He’s the winner of yesterday’s contest.

Here are the correct answers that got you in the final drawing:

  1. If you answered before 10:37am EST, the correct answer was: Brown Bark
  2. If you answered after 10:37am EST, the correct answer was: Potting Soil

Here are the 10 memory colors identified by C.J. Bartleson:

  • Red Brick
  • Green Grass
  • Dry Grass
  • Blue Sky
  • Flesh
  • Tan Flesh
  • Green Foliage
  • Evergreens
  • Inland Soil
  • Beach Sand

Read this post on the blog from the author of “Color Correction Handbook” for a complete explanation of the study of memory colors.

The permanent record for this drawing is over at random.org.

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