Interview: Colorist Terence Curren, Part 2

“The 3 Steps of Color Correction”

Terence Curren: Founder, Alpha Dogs... from the Way Back Machine!

Terence Curren is the Founder and President of AlphaDogs, a post production facility and design studio located in the heart of Burbank’s Media District, mere blocks from the Walt Disney Company and NBC Studios.

His future in the film and television business was prefigured by an early fascination with cinema; shooting his own films at the tender age of twelve. Terry went on to produce and direct, and then shifted full-time to post production as an editor. He was an early adopter of the Avid Symphony and quickly gained a reputation amongst his peers as an expert on that platform.

Terry’s early focus was on the ‘skilled operator’ as the differentiating factor in post-production, led to the founding of his own post house, as well as the creation of the Editors’ Lounge series and the Digital Service Station media-transfer bureaus, now located across the US and Canada

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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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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

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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.

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