Delivering broadcast standards and quality to the highest specifications, while offering affordable solutions to lower budget projects.
I have been developing my colour grading skills and knowledge of colour theory while working freelance as a colourist for over 12 years. I also teach Resolve at a number of Universities in the South West (Bristol and Gloucestershire). </p>Please feel free to visit me on social media.</p>
Small but perfectly calibrated.
The grading suite consists of 18% reflectance grey paint, with textured surfaces. HP Dreamcolor Z24x Monitor with 98% Rec.709 and 96% P3 colour space coverage. Calibrated with X-rite colorimeter. A 6500Kelvin backlight set at 15% luminance of the monitors peak white with (colour temperature controllable). Blackmagic software scopes. DaVinci Resolve full studio version with full lighting effects and Neat Video noise reduction plug in. Avid Artist Color control surface.
Backlight set amongst calibrated paint on a textured surface with diffused 6500 Kelvin lighting with controllable luminance for the specific project.
24" Calibrated monitor with incredible colour accuracy. Dedicated software scopes. 27" GUI with Full studio version of Resolve with noise reduction software and effects.
Avid Artist Colour surface for accurate and efficient control over colour, contrast and a large number of other effects.
With a dedicated monitor for scopes including waveform monitoring and vector scope (my two personal go to scopes). Even with an accurate monitor, scopes ensure absolute accuracy.
With controllable backlight and ambient light to 6500Kelvins and specific luminance (depending on the project. For Rec.709 broadcast TV this is 15% of peak white on the monitor.
The technology to calibrate the grading monitor to any colour space required; sRGB for web, Rec.709 for HDTV and P3 for Cinema. All are achievable with this monitor and calibration.
What to do now?
There is no right or wrong way to approach a colour grading session, but there are good and bad ways and ideals for best practice. There are also about as many different routes to your ideal workflow as there are projects out there. Your chosen workflow will be as dependent on your particular circumstances as anything else.The best thing to do is call me up for a chat or drop me a line so I can give you some pointers for getting started We can discuss: 1. The type of program / film / video you are making 2. The look and style you want to create 3. The type of footage you have 4. Your deadlines 5. The best way to approach the grade 6. The ideal workflow for your situation 5. ...and finally... your budget To give you an idea of a starting point - the potential cost of a grade could be around £300 - £400 per day. Depending on the type of edit and type of material. A day could grade between 30 and 60 minutes, again depending on how many shots in your edit and how much work may need doing to fix certain issues. To some this will sound like a cheap option - I want to assure you there will be no compromise on quality because of this - I can offer this rate because I have set up my own studio with very low over heads. To others this may sound impossible to afford. Please don't be put off, there are options - and without discussing them you will never know! I am here to help. I can offer part days and could even grade by the hour for smaller projects. If you are a low to no budget project, please contact me and we can discuss what might be possible. For the right cause and for an interesting project there could be very reasonable deals. If you have a project you would like to discuss please use the section below to contact me, or use the links to my social media on this site.
"Out of respect for the craft; It has taken me many years and lots of successful projects to be able to consider myself - a colourist"
The Dark Art of Light & Colour
COLOUR GRADING FOR WEB, BROADCAST & CINEMA