Masterclass in Color Grading with Chris Jacobson

 

In this masterclass in color grading, Hollywood colorist Chris Jacobson invites you into his color suite to show you every detail about his color work with the popular tv-show SUITS. Chris will take you through the full technical process in DaVinci Resolve from setting up the project to final delivery, including building the node tree, creating the look and shaping the final images.

 

About the instructor

Chris Jacobson is one of the most successful colorists in Hollywood and is the colorist behind big features and tv-shows as Mulholland Drive, SUITS,  Alpha Dog and Covert Affairs among many others.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Colorists
     

COURSE OVERVIEW

 

LESSON 01: PREPARING THE PROJECT

Chris is preparing the project for color grading.

LESSON 02: TIME MANAGEMENT

Analyzing the shots and discussing the importance of time management and how to prepare for keeping deadlines.

LESSON 03: COLOR PIPELINE 

Going through the project settings in DaVinci Resolve

LESSON 04: NODE STRUCTURE

In this lesson Chris goes through his node tree in detail with special attention to compressions and highlight controls.

LESSON 05: CONTRAST AND SHAPING

Building a strong "Ansel Adams"-contrast and shaping the shots.

LESSON 06: BLACK TREATMENT

Going through techniques to add an extra "pop" to the images.

LESSON 07: LOOK OVERVIEW

Discussing the looks in SUITS.

LESSON 08: RIPPLING THE GRADES

Chris demonstrates how to adjust grades in a scene and ripple the result.

LESSON 09: VFX

Discussing visual effects.

LESSON 10: DELIVERY

Finishing it all up with the delivery settings.

 

 

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You mentioned that you like to work in linear. Where do you get in and out of linear?

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1 hour ago, Dimitrios Papagiannis said:

You mentioned that you like to work in linear. Where do you get in and out of linear?

In this case he just means working with the log tools when going out of linear. 

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Nice one, always great to see how a colorist works specifically. And in the case of the TV, quickly. 12-16 hours for 700 shots.

He mentions he’s working in classical YRGB, no color management, with timeline set to Rec709 gamma 2.4. How does he get the Alexa from LogC to Rec709? I guess he just does it manually with Lift Gamma and Gain?

 

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4 hours ago, François Dompierre said:

I guess he just does it manually with Lift Gamma and Gain?

The custom curve you can see in his node tree and lift, gamma gain.

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10 hours ago, François Dompierre said:

Nice one, always great to see how a colorist works specifically. And in the case of the TV, quickly. 12-16 hours for 700 shots.

He mentions he’s working in classical YRGB, no color management, with timeline set to Rec709 gamma 2.4. How does he get the Alexa from LogC to Rec709? I guess he just does it manually with Lift Gamma and Gain?

 

That's correct he uses Lift/Gamma/Gain to get the exposure that he desires

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