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Colorist Training in CANADA

Toronto, Ontario CANADA

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October 1-6 2018
LIFT 1137 Dupont Street Toronto, Ontario M6H 2A3 Canada

About: Product

October 1-2, 2018.

It is ideal for all Resolve users – you do not need to be a colorist to attend. We welcome directors, DPs, editors, DITs, VFX colorists, and anybody that needs to balance, match, and creatively grade images. Everyone gets plenty of hands on practice and guidance.

Explore all the Resolve grading tools. Learn all the tricks to balance pictures better and faster. Understand the effects of long grading sessions, how to trust your eyes, and how to manage color constancy. You will also improve your matching techniques and learn how to simplify and condense a grade or look. The goal is not just efficiency; you will learn how to achieve the highest quality results and eliminate muddy grades. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own ungraded media to use in addition to the course media.

You Will Learn

  • All the Resolve grading tools

  • Technical balancing

  • How to deal with raw, log and corrected sources

  • Creative balancing

  • Working with color constancy

  • Making the most of your control surface

  • How to use parades, vectorscopes and histograms

  • Tricks for matching

  • Different tools for different jobs

  • Understanding color processing order

  • Color managed workflows


All students on this course receive an ICA Certificate.

More Information: HERE​


October 3-4, 2018.

This is a practical masterclass aimed at anyone involved in designing the look and style of a project. We look at color harmonies and balance and then apply the ideas to color grading. We focus on the principal elements of an image that clients of commercials, television and feature films all relate to; techniques cover skin, sky, products, mood and time of day as well as topics raised by the attendees. The goal is to manage these elements effectively and efficiently whilst maintaining the integrity of the project concepts and a color schema. This course is an ideal follow up to RG: 105 Resolve Color Matrix, but the class open to anyone with competent grading skills.

The workshop begins with a presentation of color harmonies and analysis. It then quickly moves into practical examples and experiments. Each participant can approach the course with their own ideas and objectives and everyone is encouraged to bring their own media to use in addition to the course media. There is a full demo system with panels in the class, but participants are welcome to bring in their own laptop systems to work with. This class is for all systems.

You Will Learn

  • Color Contrast and Color Juxtaposition

  • Popular Looks review

  • Color Design in grading looks

  • Color Design for image elements

  • Skin techniques and digital make-up

  • Sky and how to use it for balance or effect

  • Time of day effects

  • Interiors and exteriors; Color design with locations

  • More happy accidents!


All students on this course receive an ICA Certificate.

More Information: HERE​


October 5-6, 2018.

HDR has been available to consumers since 2016 and is now the expected standard for Amazon and Netflix. It is supported by Sony, LG, Samsung, Apple and many more. HDR will become the new delivery format. Act now, be amongst the first to master HDR.

In this class you will learnt take full advantage of new workflows and develop new skills for HDR and other new standards. Ideal for colorists and industry professionals that will encounter ACES, High Dynamic Range (HDR including Dolby Vision), UHD, Rec 2020, and wide color gamut. We look at how grades and looks are affected by these new developments and which tools are most useful to achieve bigger better color.

You Will Learn

  • ACES file formats

  • ACES color space

  • ACES workflows

  • ACES grading

  • Understanding HDR and BT 2100

  • PQ and BT 2084

  • Grading HDR

  • Dolby Vision in practice

  • UHD and rec 2020

  • WCG deliverables


All students on this course receive an ICA Certificate.

More Information: HERE



November 5-10, 2018.

LIFT 1137 Dupont Street Toronto, Ontario M6H 2A3 Canada

About: Product

November 5-6, 2018.

This is an ideal for first time Resolve users and you do not need to be a colorist to attend. Class size is normally capped at ten students. The class mixes the operational side of Resolve with practical, real-world training on workflows, basic color theory, grading approaches, and techniques. It is run at a relaxed pace, questions are encouraged, and group participation is a key part of the course. This class is ideal for junior colorists, editors, DITs, DPs, and VFX guys, basically anybody with a desire to get into color correction.

You are encouraged to download Resolve and have a play before taking this class.

Remember “It’s more about the Art than the App”.

You Will Learn

  • How to load your V15 software and get started

  • New v15 Media Management tools

  • Getting different RAW camera formats into the Resolve

  • Conforming with XML and EDLs v Editing or splitting a Baked file.

  • Basic Color theory and how this works in the DaVinci

  • Primary and secondary correction including curves and the new v12 3D Keyer

  • What are waveforms, how do they make us a better Colorist?

  • How the nodes work, they are very powerful when used correctly.

  • 5 Power Windows: Learn why you use them, not just how to use them

  • Tracking Windows with the auto tracker

  • Keyframing both color correction and framing controls

  • Grading digital material, including BMCC, RED and Sony

  • Colorist strategies with Resolve

  • Matching a sequence, where do you start?

  • Using a control surface, how it makes us better and faster


All students on this course receive an ICA Certificate.

More Information: HERE


November 7-8, 2018.

This class is Ideal for current Resolve Colorists and assistant operators. We cover advanced techniques and tricks using the latest software. These classes are normally capped at eight-ten people. Students are encouraged to bring their own material so the instructor and the students can grade and discuss the different formats and the challenges they bring. This is an advanced class that looks at color correction in general not only from the Davinci point of view.

This class is designed around a small conformed sequence that you can take away. We will work through the project from start to finish using Resolve V15 and consider the best strategies to get the job finished efficiently. You will be able to keep the media project and stills — a great way to continue your learning.

You Will Learn

  • Start with a complete look at v15, what tools are great for the colorist?

  • A complete workflow using advanced techniques on supplied material that you can take away.

  • Bring in camera original footage using the new Media Management tool

  • Grade a look for editing from the 4K RAW camera files.

  • Making a LUT, exporting LUTs and Looks

  • Render 1920 ProRes or DNxHD for Editing, H264 for the web. DPX for VFX

  • Export and XML/AAF from FCP/Premiere. How to Round-trip successfully.

  • Conform the ProRes in Resolve using the XML, it’s not correct what can we do?

  • How to animate shapes and framing with the keframing tools

  • Bring in audio .wav then compare the conform with the offline reference movie.

  • Swap to the RAW camera files.

  • “Conform v Bake”, what are the pros and cons of each workflow?

  • Where do we start the grade?

  • New Primary controls. 3 way color corrector. Offset, Curves and LOG grading

  • Look creation. How to preview a look through the whole timeline using Playheads.

  • Plugin FXs, is this a job for the Colorist?

  • Advanced secondary grading, keying including the new 3D keyer

  • Advanced tracking controls with the new 3D tracker.

  • VFX shots inserted into the timeline

  • Physically add grain and scratches from supplied ICA media.

  • External mattes, how do they help us?

  • NR we look at the different types, using the Splitter and Combiner Node


All students on this course receive an ICA Certificate.

More Information: HERE


November 9-10, 2018.

In this 2 day class you will learn how to bring a movie or sequence to life. They will review movie sequences and discuss how the color and mode has enhanced the film. They will also learn how to create the traditional “looks” from movies, TV commercials, and music videos, as well as how to match those looks, not only shot to shot, but also to an entire scene.

Media used

  • TVC beauty type commercial shot on the BMCC. Great for doing very soft/mist type looks.

  • A war sequence shot on Sony F3. Fantastic for a ‘Saving Private Ryan’

  • Bleach Bypass grade, a hot jungle look, or the classic Day for Night feel.

  • “House of Cards” reconstruction, based on the original scene shot on Arri Alexa. This includes dialogue and reenacts of the original scene from the classic Netflix series.

  • We will address the different challenges presented by each sequence.

  • Students then get the chance to do the same in a timed situation, like a real session but with the instructor playing the client’s role.

  • Students are also encouraged to bring their own footage to work on and share with the class.

Who Should Attend?

Great for any current Resolve colorists with at least one year of experience or previous students who have completed either the ICA Basic or Advanced classes.

You Will Learn

  • Using LUTs in a creative way.

  • Using Plugins and Resolve presets.

  • Preloading your timeline with Nodes.

  • Log grading v Lift Gamma Gain

  • Advanced keying and curve control

  • Power Windows used in a creative way

Looks Covered

  • Spot colors

  • Bleach Bypass

  • The ‘Wishy Washy’ flat look

  • The Film Print Look

  • Day for Night

  • Classic Black and White

  • Orange and Teal

We will also look at best practices for approaching a session, when to push the grade and when to hold back. Learn from Warren about how he deals with clients in the room. Create established looks and explore how to make new ones. Remember it’s subjective so just play and have fun. Students are encouraged to bring their own material.


All students on this course receive an ICA Certificate.

More Information: HERE

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