Masterclass in Color Grading with Derek Hansen

 

Derek Hansen is one of the most successful colorists in Los Angeles, with experience from high-end commercial work at MPC, The Mill and Arsenal Creative. In this masterclass you are invited into his color suite to watch how he creates great looking images and discuss workflow, techniques, creativity and strategies that will help you become a better colorist.

The course is about the art and craft of color grading and is not designed to teach the operations of a specific software.

The footage used in this course is available for download.

About the instructor

Derek Hansen is a world-renowned colorist with background from MPC, The Mill and Arsenal Creative. He has crafted images for many top directors such as Gia Coppola, Young Replicant, Luke Monahan and Brian Buckley, and graded music videos for artists such as Miley Cyrus, St. Vincent, J. Cole and Mehan Trainor to name a few.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Colorists
     

COURSE OVERVIEW

 

LESSON 01: COLOR SETUP AND ANALYZING THE SCENE

Derek is setting up the color workflow and analyzing the scene.

LESSON 02: PRIMARY BALANCE

Starting with the primary balance and discussing the importance of it.

LESSON 03: ORGANIZATION AND RIPPLING 

Discussing layer organization and grade rippling.

LESSON 04: BALANCING 

Balancing and discussing all the decisions to be made when it comes to brightness and exposure. Dealing with challenges such as thin images and sharp highlights.

LESSON 05: REFERENCES

Analyzing the references from the client and preparing for the look creation.

LESSON 06: CURVE MANAGEMENT

In this lesson Derek recreates some of the characteristics of Kodak Eastman, and use techniques to compress the midtones and control the highlights.

LESSON 07: DEEP SATURATION

Continuing the work of recreating the Kodak Eastman look, compressing the image with hue curves and creating deep rich saturated colors.

LESSON 08: HUE SHIFTING

Pushing and hue-shifting the individual colors to bring the colors into harmony and create a stronger look.

LESSON 09: RED TONES

Finessing the look by bringing in the red film tones.

LESSON 10: SECONDARY WORK

Finishing it all up with some shadow, highlight and skin keys to create a better match.

 

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Thank you Derek. I really do admire your work and think you had one of the most interesting reels over at The Mill those years. The looks you created was always inspiring and I often bring some of the old frames up for reference in my work. 

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This really is a great insight. Thanks so much Derek and Lowepost for putting it out!

Any chance we could get a glimpse of your layer stack and your tendency and logic on were you like to place your most common operators?

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I've done various grading classes over the past few years & the one thing that always gets me is how rarely I see a colourist actually colouring. Thank you Derek for this real look over the shoulder of a pro at work. I'd love to see more of these breakdowns, they are invaluable.

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Explainig the structure is brilliant!

Balancing and looks fallback logic is also very valuable explanation.

Very nice class!

 

 

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Excellent! Could you please overlay the Parade Scopes over the fullscreen monitor output? It would help to see the adjustments.

 

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Do I understand correctly that in Davinci color setup will look like this:

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