Learning Different Colour Styles from Around The World
Today I talked to Hootan Haghshenas, CSI. He’s a senior colourist with extensive credits, including the Oscar-Winner “The Salesman”, plus many feature films, music videos, and documentaries. His clients include Netflix, Disney, National Geographic, and more.
He studied cinematography at the Art University of Tehran. Hootan is also an accomplished photographer with a Masters in Photography from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Key takeaways from this Insight
- The value of knowing when to start over
- What can be learned by working around the world
- How popular looks differ in various countries
- How Scene-Referred Grading changed the game
- Why it’s important to try different colour management pipelines and tools
- How to meet new people and develop relationships to find work
- The benefits of working remotely
- Considerations for trustworthy color for remote clients
- Hootan’s IMDb
- Hootan’s Website
- Hootan’s Reel
- AZ Studio
- Silicon Imaging: SI-2K Digital Camera
- THE ART OF THE TIMER (FilmmakerMagazine.com) – “Uncovering the world of the motion picture timer with Technicolor’s Don Ciana.” From the Fall, 1992 edition of this magazine explaining the art of the color timer. Timer Don Ciana talks about using the Hazeltine Color Analyzer for finishing Troma films – one of the most famous (or infamous) B-movie studios of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. This article explains the tasks and challenges of professional colourists as well as it can be explained.
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- Getting to know ACES – A multi-part Series explaining the foundations of this workflow.
- Understanding The Basics of Baselight Colour Management Framework – Learn the three colour space options that are essential to correctly colour grading in Baselight.
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