• Color Journey
    6 Months, Full-Time Program
  • Features
    Live Online Course
WITH NIKOLA STEFANOVIC
Color grading can create depth, establish a rhythm, and elevate a transformative story. Colorists can enrich narratives and craft unforgettable experiences through the powerful language of color.
Color Journey Fundamentals Course is for aspiring colorists but we will cover topics that all visual artists and filmmakers can find interesting.

We will start with human vision and how our eyes and our brain see things. We will take a look at the film legacy, meaning and use of colors in movies, photochemical processes in the laboratory and telecine and characteristics of film stocks.
It’s hard to talk about the colors without considering cultural heritage and varieties in visual education around the world. We will talk about skin tones and differences in the approach between grading narrative and commercial content.
Before we dive deeper into the art and craft of color grading we need to consider available tools, color grading systems, hardware equipment and image monitoring.
Modern days color grading has replaced lab processes and also opened endless possibilities in image manipulation, so you will learn what is achievable in modern grading software and also explore different jobs related to color grading like DIT, color assistant, dailies colorist and so on.
Next, we will cover aesthetics in films and commercials and how to recognize and achieve a unique element of style.
As an introduction to the science of color grading, we need to get familiar with modern digital acquisition formats, cameras, CMOS sensors and codecs. Also, we will cover basic post-production workflow including mastering.

Finally, we will look into the craft of color grading and that is where you will learn about look deconstruction, how to use primary and secondary tools, how to control the texture of the image and how to deal with basic continuity. We will go trough look creation with examples in different software, for film and commercial work.

In a final chapter, you will learn about preview and delivery best practices and how to become a professional colorist and getting paid for your work.
  • Hardware required
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE
    This course will start in March 2021.
    Since a limited number of students will be admitted, we suggest you register to our portal to get priority.


register
ask for information
WITH NIKOLA STEFANOVIC
Color grading can create depth, establish a rhythm, and elevate a transformative story. Colorists can enrich narratives and craft unforgettable experiences through the powerful language of color.
Color Journey Fundamentals Course is for aspiring colorists but we will cover topics that all visual artists and filmmakers can find interesting.

We will start with human vision and how our eyes and our brain see things. We will take a look at the film legacy, meaning and use of colors in movies, photochemical processes in the laboratory and telecine and characteristics of film stocks.
It’s hard to talk about the colors without considering cultural heritage and varieties in visual education around the world. We will talk about skin tones and differences in the approach between grading narrative and commercial content.
Before we dive deeper into the art and craft of color grading we need to consider available tools, color grading systems, hardware equipment and image monitoring.
Modern days color grading has replaced lab processes and also opened endless possibilities in image manipulation, so you will learn what is achievable in modern grading software and also explore different jobs related to color grading like DIT, color assistant, dailies colorist and so on.
Next, we will cover aesthetics in films and commercials and how to recognize and achieve a unique element of style.
As an introduction to the science of color grading, we need to get familiar with modern digital acquisition formats, cameras, CMOS sensors and codecs. Also, we will cover basic post-production workflow including mastering.

Finally, we will look into the craft of color grading and that is where you will learn about look deconstruction, how to use primary and secondary tools, how to control the texture of the image and how to deal with basic continuity. We will go trough look creation with examples in different software, for film and commercial work.

In a final chapter, you will learn about preview and delivery best practices and how to become a professional colorist and getting paid for your work.
  • Features
    Live Online Course
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE
    This course will start in March 2021.
    Since a limited number of students will be admitted, we suggest you register to our portal to get priority.


register
ask for information
     

FUNDAMENTALS BEHIND THE ART

     

We are not just covering the functionality of specific color grading software,
this course is about the fundamentals behind the art and craft of color grading.

NIKOLA STEFANOVIC

In a career that has spanned more than two decades, Nikola has graded projects for a variety of different mediums, including features, short films and commercials for brands such as Nike, Adidas, Levi’s, Mercedes, Apple and many more.
He joined MPC in 2017 from Digital Domain with almost 15 years of experience grading commercials and feature films, the last 7 predominantly in the Asian market.

Pursuing a modern, mature cinematic look, his work is easily recognizable: from the iconic campaign for Adidas ‘This is Me’ with Eason Chen and Fan Binbing, to rebranding spot for online shopping giant JD.com and award winning films for Timberland and Durex. He has worked across a range of projects with internationally acclaimed directors including Gustav Johansson, Rob Chiu, Jovan Todorović, Paul Geusebroek, Wang LiMin, Dave Meyers, Kosai Sekine, Martin Werner, Salomon Ligthelm, just to name a few.
He recently graded the feature film A.I. Rising that is currently available on all major streaming.

About Nikola

NIKOLA STEFANOVIC

In a career that has spanned more than two decades, Nikola has graded projects for a variety of different mediums, including features, short films and commercials for brands such as Nike, Adidas, Levi’s, Mercedes, Apple and many more.
He joined MPC in 2017 from Digital Domain with almost 15 years of experience grading commercials and feature films, the last 7 predominantly in the Asian market.

Pursuing a modern, mature cinematic look, his work is easily recognizable: from the iconic campaign for Adidas ‘This is Me’ with Eason Chen and Fan Binbing, to rebranding spot for online shopping giant JD.com and award winning films for Timberland and Durex. He has worked across a range of projects with internationally acclaimed directors including Gustav Johansson, Rob Chiu, Jovan Todorović, Paul Geusebroek, Wang LiMin, Dave Meyers, Kosai Sekine, Martin Werner, Salomon Ligthelm, just to name a few.
He recently graded the feature film A.I. Rising that is currently available on all major streaming.

About Nikola

COURSE SYLLABUS

MODULE 1

INTRODUCTION
 

We will start with human vision, perception, and how our eyes and our brain see things.

FILM LEGACY
 

We’ll bring examples from different films and the meaning of colors, laboratory processes, telecine – explainer, and film stock.

CULTURAL
HERITAGE

We’ll discover visual education around the world, how to manage skin tones, the difference between Film and Commercial color grading.

TOOLS
 

We’ll have an overview of available color grading systems, equipment and monitoring used within the Industry.

INTRODUCTION
 

We will start with human vision, perception, and how our eyes and our brain see things.

FILM LEGACY
 

We’ll bring examples from different films and the meaning of colors, laboratory processes, telecine – explainer, and film stock.

CULTURAL
HERITAGE

We’ll discover visual education around the world, how to manage skin tones, the difference between Film and Commercial color grading.

TOOLS
 

We’ll have an overview of available color grading systems, equipment and monitoring used within the Industry.

MODULE 2

DIGITAL LAB
 

We’ll see how the photochemical process is replaced with modern days color grading, what is possible to achieve in color grading and different jobs related to color grading (dailies, DIT, assistant, color science).

ART OF
COLOR GRADING

Let’s discover esthetics in film and commercials, how to achieve a unique element of style and what is actually good color grading?

SCIENCE OF
COLOR GRADING

Modern digital cameras, CMOS sensor – explainer, acquisition formats, codecs post-production process – explainer, and mastering.

MODULE 3

LOOK
DECONSTRUCTION

How to analyze the image, reference image as a starting point, and reverse engineering of a certain style.

INTRODUCTION TO
PRIMARY TOOLS

Knowing camera raw parameters, basic balancing, analyzing with Parade, analyzing with Scope.

FILM
GRADE

Exposure, contrast, saturation control, shadows, mid tones, and highlights controls.

VIDEO
GRADE

Lift, gamma, and gain controls.

LOOK
DECONSTRUCTION

How to analyze the image, reference image as a starting point, and reverse engineering of a certain style.

INTRODUCTION TO
PRIMARY TOOLS

Knowing camera raw parameters, basic balancing, analyzing with Parade, analyzing with Scope.

FILM
GRADE

Exposure, contrast, saturation control, shadows, mid tones, and highlights controls.

VIDEO
GRADE

Lift, gamma, and gain controls.

MODULE 4

BASE
GRADE

Perceptual grading, exposure zones, contrast and saturation.

SECONDARY
TOOLS

How to isolate/qualify only certain parts of the image? How to refine the mask? How to blend the result with the original?

TEXTURE
 

Soften/sharpen image – when and why? Add or reduce grain/noise – when and why?

CONTINUITY
 

How to balance shots across multiple scenes, consistency and when is necessary and when not (examples).

BASE
GRADE

Perceptual grading, exposure zones, contrast and saturation.

SECONDARY
TOOLS

How to isolate/qualify only certain parts of the image? How to refine the mask? How to blend the result with the original?

TEXTURE
 

Soften/sharpen image – when and why? Add or reduce grain/noise – when and why?

CONTINUITY
 

How to balance shots across multiple scenes, consistency and when is necessary and when not (examples).

MODULE 5

TERMINOLOGY
 

Contrast, Density, Exposure, Saturation, Low-key, High-Key.

LOOK
CREATION

How to decide what to do with the image? How to choose the direction for a certain film/TVC? Elements of style.

EXAMPLES IN
DIFFERENT APPS

Creating the same or similar look using Base light, Resolve and Final Cut X, similarities and differences between grading systems.

TVC
GRADING

Example of grading short TVC with comments.

TERMINOLOGY
 

Contrast, Density, Exposure, Saturation, Low-key, High-Key.

LOOK
CREATION

How to decide what to do with the image? How to choose the direction for a certain film/TVC? Elements of style.

EXAMPLES IN
DIFFERENT APPS

Creating the same or similar look using Base light, Resolve and Final Cut X, similarities and differences between grading systems.

TVC
GRADING

Example of grading short TVC with comments.

MODULE 6

SENDING
PREVIEWS

Best practice

DELIVERY
 

How to render finished material, timecode, real names, and metadata.

CONCLUSION
 

How to become a colorist and get paid for your craft.

     

LINKNETIC IS AN ONLINE FILM HUB
WITH A UNIQUE TRAINING METHOD
DEVELOPED ON REAL PROFESSIONAL NEEDS

A Data-Driven Vfx Academy, with a Strong Human Heart

     

WE HAVE THE BACKGROUND AND THE VISION TO SUCCEED

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