Steve Hullfish Interview, Part 2

“Sharpen Your Axes (or, why learn color grading)”

Steve Hullfish, author

Steve Hullfish, author, editor, producer

Steve Hullfish is an author, editor, producer, and all-around good guy. His editing credits span more than 20 years, including editing the Oprah Winfrey Show for which he won a Daytime Emmy. Other broadcast credits include “Investigative Reports” and “Cold Cases” with Bill Kurtis on A&E and numerous PBS documentaries. He runs his own production company – Verascope Pictures – and his clients include Universal Studios, NBC Television, Turner Broadcasting, HIT Entertainment, Jim Henson Entertainment and VeggieTales.

Steve has written or co-written four books on editing and color correction, including “The Art and Technique of Color Correction” and “Color Correction for Video, 2nd Edition“. Steve is also a frequent writer at the Pro Video Coalition Website with his informative blog, CUT. N. COLOR.

Steve also recently teamed up with colorist, and one of the team member’s of Apple’s Color, Bob Sliga to develop a comprehensive DVD Training Set on Apple Color; created and sold with Class On Demand.

In Part 2 of Steve’s interview we discuss:

  • Creating the Class On Demand Apple Color DVD Training Series
  • Early versions (and reactions) of Final Touch (which became Apple’s Color)
  • Making believe we have a social life
  • The importance of video scopes
  • Do colorists need to know color theory?
  • Using vignettes
  • Control Surfaces
  • Does Image Quality count?
  • Why learn color grading?
  • Filming – with the color grade in mind

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Show Notes:

  • Steve’s Blog: CUT.N.COLOR at the ProVideo Coalition website

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 on iTunes.

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Color Grading Seminar: Arlington, VA.

The Tao of Color Grading: Featuring the Euphonix MC Color Control Surface and Apple’s Color

Date: Wed. February 23

Time: 6:30p

Location: Resolution Post, 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 105 Fairfax, Virginia 22031


Colorist/Finisher/Trainer Patrick Inhofer will teach the simple fundamental Truths that affect anyone trying to evaluate, improve, and add emotional impact to moving images. These Truths can be applied across different software packages – whether just a simple contrast filter in a non-linear editor or a complex grade in a dedicated color grading app (such as Apple’s Color or BlackMagic’s DaVinci Resolve).

In this newly updated version of the popular The Tao of Color Grading Presentation, Patrick uses Final Cut Pro and Color to help you:

  • Understand the physical truths about the human vision system – that your eyes and brain conspire to work against your ability to really ‘see’ the images you are capturing and creating.
  • Become enlightened about how to combat the aggressive manner in which our eyes lie to us.
  • Learn how the underlying methods used to digitally compress and process video can be leveraged to your advantage in the color grading process.
  • Walk away with a simple workflow which you can immediately employ for quick, efficient grading.
  • Learn how to use powerful image evaluation tools that are already built into the software you’re using.
  • Discover the one color correction filter you probably never use – but should, and is an essential tool in Patrick’s bag of tricks.
If time allows:
  • You’ll see a demonstration of the benefits of working with a control surface. Using the affordable and powerful Euphonix MC Color Patrick will show how a control surface results in faster grading sessions while increasing the quality of the finished product.

About Patrick:

Based on the initial success of this Tao Of Color Grading seminar, Patrick Inhofer launched the color grading training website, The website contains video-based training specifically for Final Cut, Colorista II, and Apple Color workflows, giving students a 14-minute short film to grade. also has a color grading specific Weekly Newsletter, as well as a color grading Podcast, and Blog.

Patrick is the Owner/Operator of the boutique color grading house, He is a colorist and editor with over 20 years experience in broadcast, cable, corporate, and indie post-production.

Patrick’s has worked with such directors as Barry Levinson and Bruce Sinofsky. A few of the outlets he’s delivered to: HBO, NBC, ABC, Showtime, ESPN, National Geographic Channel, PBS, The Museum of Modern Art, and (yes) The Internet.

You can view Patrick’s Color Grading demo reel at:

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UPDATE: MC Color Control Surface Training

To all the peeps who signed up for the Tao Colorist Newsletter, THANKS!

Euphonix MC Color control surface

Response to this newsletter has been terrific – I love that people seem to like the Sunday Morning Reading weekly email. It’s true that the Intertubes never sleep and I have a ton of news to wade through for this upcoming Sunday’s email. (If you’re not signed up, the form is on the right column of this website.)

I want to take a moment and update everyone on the status of the MC Color Training…

Just after announcing this website and the initial launch, my (other) company Fini reeled in a 60 minute documentary – from rough cut through final delivery – for BET that I need to delivery by August 18. And since I’m a one-man shop… if I’m editing, I’m not recording training…

Currently I’m editing 10 – 12 hours a day, including weekends (we have almost 100 hours of footage and less than 5 weeks for this job).

Once the show is delivered I’m going to keep going strong and I’ll spend the following two weeks working full time writing, recording, editing, and delivering the MC Color training series.

So… that’s the plan as it currently stands.

Feel free to ask questions or leave comments in the linked Forum thread.


Patrick, Tao Colorist

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Boston: Thanks for the great reception!

This week was a milestone for me personally and Tao Of Color Grading. I’ve done training seminars before. I’ve given presentations to User Groups. But this week saw me give the Tao Of Color Grading presentation three times across two days!

Patrick Inhofer at Rule Camera in Boston

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