How do you plan to develop your production
pipeline in the future?
Why grade dailies at all? Why not create LUTs
right on locations and play them back with
FrameCycler, or even SpeedGrade DI? For me, this
is one link in the chain where things can go
wrong: If I send dailies back to be graded, what
I get back may not be what I was looking for.
The problem is, with the demands of a
production, there is just no time to send things
back for changes, so we missed the chance to get
it right the first time.
I think a much better way is to just create the
dailies 'flat' in logarithmic space, without
grading. Then we can apply the SpeedGrade .Look
files right then and there. You can tweak the
.Looks and once you are happy, you can save the
results. Yes, it takes a bit more time out on
the production, but this way you can be
absolutely sure you have the look you were
Does your approach help the colorist?
With our workflow, we know we've got the looks
right and the colorist knows exactly what he or
she has to do. This means that when we're
finishing the film, the colorist can work for
three days or so before I even need to show up.
Then I can spend a few days there tweaking
things a bit. Realistically, this means that the
whole film can be graded in a week. And when we
get more facilities using SpeedGrade DI - so
that the colorist can just load the .Looks and
do the conform right in the system - it will go
even faster than that.