Masterclass in Color Grading with Lynette Duensing


In this masterclass, Lynette Duensing invites you into the renowned trailer company “Instinctual” in Hollywood and her color grading suite to study theatrical trailer grading. She has created cutting edge looks for numerous iconic productions. Her trailer projects for Sony Picture Animation, Columbia Pictures and TriStar include “Spider Man: Into the Spider-verse”, “Hotel Transylvania”, “Where the Crawdads Sing”, The Woman King”, and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”, among many others.

There is a ton of valuable insight in this masterclass for every colorist regardless of skill level. Watch today and get an exclusive look into the art of theatrical color grading in Hollywood!

About the instructor
Lynette Duensing is a Senior Colorist at Instinctual LLC in Hollywood. She has over 30 years of color grading experience using multiple finishing platforms including DaVinci Resolve and Baselight and Lustre. She’s worked in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Shanghai, grading feature film DI’s, TVC’s, episodic television, music videos and restoration/preservation projects. At Instinctual, she grades theatrical trailers for Sony Pictures Entertainment and oversees color for final DCP delivery. Lynette is a mentor for the HPA Young Entertainment Professionals, Colorist Society Fellow, and member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Colorists



LESSON 01: Introduction

Introduction to trailer grading

LESSON 02: ACES workflow

Lynette walks through the basics of her ACES workflow when working with trailers for Sony Animation feature films. Also touches on the importance of paying attention to the whitepoint designated by the studio or post production facility that hosts the project.

LESSON 03: EXRs and embedded mattes

In this lesson, Lynette talks about how shots in features films and their trailers need separate treatment. She continues to talk about how EXRs and embedded mattes are used to separate parts of the shots, and demoing how to combine mattes to create new mattes for more detailed control.

LESSON 04: Node tree and parallel nodes

Lynette breaks down her parallel node tree from scratch, connects mattes to the nodes and hue shifts some elements in a shot. Discusses the benefits of using parallel nodes instead of serial nodes, and the power of working with various node setups.

LESSON 05: Manual transforms

Demonstrating the disadvantage of using manual transforms, and discussing the colorists role in the big picture.

LESSON 06: Remote grading

Lynette presents the trailer of a vampire movie that uses a YRGB workflow in DaVinci Resolve. Talks about collaborative workflows and remote solutions.

LESSON 07: Client management

In this lesson, Lynette talks about how to conduct a session, get along with collaborators and having the client come back time after time.

LESSON 08: Transforms and whitepoint

Going through different scenarios with pre- and post grade placements of transforms and show luts. Continues to explain the process of rec709 to DCI transforms, and in-depth explanations of white point adaptions.

LESSON 09: Grouping transforms

In this lesson, Lynette walks through the process of adding transforms and trims in groups.

LESSON 10: Pre-grade from home

Talks about home setups and alternative ways to work post pandemic.

LESSON 11: Send it upstairs

Discussing when a task should be handled by anyone else than the colorist.


Trailers are rated for suitability to various kinds of audiences, and Lynette talks about what it requires to meet the requirements and shows her node setup for blood removal.


The masterclass is created together with, a Plugin for DaVinci Resolve, with powerful grading tools and cinematic looks designed by some of the most successful colorists and color scientists in the industry.

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Thanks Lynette for the clear insight into trailer grading.
The importance of: Workflow, using the right tools for the job and working with clients can be applied to all forms of colour grading.


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Thank you, Lynette for articulating your insights so well and for taking the time to explain the intricacies of your work. 

I'd love to find out more about the correct process of DCP creation and handling deliverables with different white points. Are there courses or articles covering this on Lowepost (or elsewhere)? Thank you.

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