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It’s a site dedicated to training, forums, feedback, and mentoring – on the topic of Color Grading; with forays into Finishing and Online Editing.

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Ars Techica: Good Intentions, (mostly) Bad Filmmaking Advice

“How not to write an article about the post-production pipeline” is what  should be the name of an Ars Technica piece was recently posted, “How To Do Pro-Quality Video Post-Production at Home“.

I was about to use this space to issue a screed against the article, and then I read the comments and discovered plenty of others quickly came in and stomped on it.

I won’t get into the specifics of all the things wrong with that article (4:4:4 for BluRay… huh?) other than to say this:

As someone who has a bit of a passion for helping independent, inexperienced filmmakers produce totally professional films – I’m saddened that this is published on such a large and influential website. After reading that article, at least a few budding filmmakers will either become discouraged at the needless complexity of the endeavor or implement some of the suggestions, slowing down the process or damaging their final results.

– pi


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Meet Your Colorist: Patrick talks Color Grading, Finishing, Workflows, Final Cut Color
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Guto Barra, Director/Producer
Beyond Ipanema

"Your expertise and patience proved to be essential assets to finalizing our documentary, especially under the huge time crunch for our MoMA world premiere."

Chris Ripper, Director
Ressurection Man (in post-production)

"I love how you add production value to the feel of a shot not just "color"and create a mood appropriate to the content. And pushing your color a certain direction so cleanly. Impressive."


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