What’s The Role of VFX Colorist? With Christian Ganea Reitmeier

October 19, 2023

What does a VFX Colorist do? Christian Ganea shares his views and workflows on some of Hollywood's biggest movies & shows at DNEG.


Understanding Color Workflow in the VFX Pipeline

Today, I talk to Christian Ganea Reitmeier, a Quebec-based VFX Colorist at DNEG. He shares what he’s learned solving creative and technical challenges for some of Hollywood’s biggest movies and shows. Just a few of his credits are:

  • Oppenheimer
  • Dune
  • Uncharted
  • Tenet
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  • Last Night in Soho
  • Foundation
  • Our Flag Means Death

Christian has a wealth of knowledge of color science, workflow, and the little details that make a big difference in making a movie look good. If you weren’t aware of the role of a VFX Colorist before, now this exciting position is on your radar.

Key takeaways from this Insight

  • What is the role of a VFX Colourist?
  • The path of an image through the VFX and DI process
  • The creative and technical challenges of big movies
  • VFX grading of blue/greenscreen shots
  • How viewing shots in black and white helps shot matching
  • The importance of picking – and using – your hero shots
  • How CDLs are used for collaborative workflows
  • How color management with OCIO is used
  • How to deal with challenging shots or lighting conditions
  • Workflow before and after the compositor’s work
  • The different workflow options for VFX

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– Kali

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