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British Universities Film & Video Council

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Colour Management for Film and TV is looking at the process of colour management in modern digital film production. From capturing of motion pictures as digital images to the final delivery of digital master files. While in the traditional, linear production process, colour grading was left until the end of post-production process, a newly emerging approach is challenging this view.

Colour Management establishes and maintains the desired look for a production throughout the production process: from on-set monitoring, editorial and VFX to finishing and final mastering.

This course teaches all the tools, technologies and processes of colour management in digital cinematography, explaining how colour management works on-set, post-production workflows and the best practices and common issues.

Colour Management Course is a certification-training program that includes:

  1. Five-day course that mixes the theoretical side of colour management with practical real world training on workflows, approaches and techniques as well as creative look development.

  2. Annual license for Colourlab colour science

  3. Annual subscription to Colourlab software for Look Development and On-Set grading in total value of $999

  4. Certification exam and practical application tests

This course is ideal for DITs, DOPs, VFX artists, post production supervisors, editors and junior colourists. In fact, anyone with a desire to get into digital colour management will benefit from attending the course. Class size is normally capped at 12 students, with all equipment, computers and cameras provided for.

This course is supported by the BFI and Skillset, with funding from Creative Skillset's Skills Investment Fund.


DAY 1 Colour Managed Workflow Fundamentals

Light and the human visual system: How we perceive and react to colour

Digital camera sensors

The truth about resolution, bit depth and dynamic range

Gamma, linear, log, PQ

Colour spaces

RAW – why do RAW cameras need colour management?

Common digital camera models, formats and metadata

Naming conventions

Colour Managed Workflow overview

Colour management On-set

Colour Management for Datalab, Digital dailies and Transcoding

Colour Management in Post Production

Colour management for VFX

Colour Management for Masters and Deliverables

ACES – Academy Colour Encoding System

DAY 2 Look Development and Show LUT Creation

A short history of colour grading and how tools have developed

Industry tool set overview: Pomfort Live Grade, Filmlight, Davinci Resolve

How to load Colourlab software and get started

Colourlab interface overview

Basic colour theory and how this works in Colourlab

Waveforms, vectorscopes and histograms

Primary colour correction

Secondary colour curves

How look development tab works and how to use it correctly

Getting different RAW camera formats into Colourlab

Create a look from RAW camera files

Input and technical profiles and how to use them

Film stock emulation profiles and how to use them

Creative palettes profiles and how to use them

Filter profiles and how to use them

Output and technical profiles and how to use them

Creating four basic looks to match the story

Making a LUT, exporting LUTs and looks

DAY 3 On-Set Looks

Monitor set-up and calibration

Test patterns and how to use them

Spectra Cal Calman5 monitor calibration

Applying LUTs

Creating ASC CDLs

Working with Blackmagic HDLink

Working with Fuji IS

Working with Teradek COLR

Camera matching using colour management

Looks creation for: F55, Arri Alexa, Panasonic Varicam, Red Dragon/Weapon and Gopro

DAY 4 Creative Look Development

The techniques that are most effective for primary grading

Using a control surface; how it makes us better and faster

What you can do to protect image quality

Effects of colour: Examples of correction, enhancement and effects;

Popular Look Recipes:

Film Stock Emulation

Bleach bypass


Hipster looks

Cross process

Natural colour vs colour washes vs tints

Day for night

Colour isolation

Classic black and white

Orange and teal

Naturalistic look

Classic action movie look

Grunge and horror movie look

Flashback looks

DAY 5 Certification Test & Practical Application

Colour Management Training Certification Test

Practical Application Test:

System Setup

Monitor Calibration & Setup

Showlut Creation

CDL Creation

Camera Matching


Certifications ceremony

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