How Colorists Will Thrive in 2013 – Google Hangout Interview with Patrick Inhofer
Patrick is a seasoned senior colorist and editor with more than 20 years’ experience in broadcast, cable, and (more recently) indie post-production. He publishes an amazing newsletter every Sunday morning for fellow colorists. It’s the first thing I read on Sunday with my first cup of coffee.
Patrick has been a mentor for me the last few years as I’ve worked through his trainings at the Tao of Color to refine my craft and tackle significantly more complex color grading jobs. You can read my review of his recently released grade-along tutorial that includes ProRes 4444 HD Arri Alexa files for a horror movie.
We talk about how the craft of color grading is becoming a body of knowledge editors, cinematographers, directors and producers who would use color grading more if they just knew more about it. One idea is to urge colorists to teach and mentor storytellers and filmmakers to use digital color from the creative stage of their storytelling through post-production. This can help a colorist be more valuable. Color grading is no longer this big, expensive step at the end of a project. It’s something you can begin experimenting with in production or post with tools like Color Assist from Technicolor, then output a LUT to Resolve or whatever color grader you’re using. I’ll talk more about this approach on my next Google Plus interview.
For now enjoy the conversation with Patrick!