The Sycamore Tree Edition – The Sunday Color Grading Newsletter

April 28, 2024

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Issue DLXXXIV: The Sycamore Tree Edition

The Color Grading Newsletter

News, reviews, thoughts, career advice, and humor for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sundays. Curated by a professional color grader and the CEO of
Sunday, 28 April 2024
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Patrick Inhofer
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As promised in the last edition, we are back – two Sundays later.

There’s lots to go through, and I have much more lined up for the coming weeks.

A new Mixing Light Insight release this coming week has me jazzed today. We’re calling it the ‘Colorist Comparison’.

Two colorists get the same footage, with the same direction, and grade it. Then, they get together and compare their workflows, approaches, and node trees.

I think it turned out great. I’m excited for our members to see it in action. The recording was over an hour long, so we broke it into two parts. Part 1 covers interpreting the director’s notes, their challenges with the footage, deciding where to diverge from the notes, and then sharing their final grades.

Part 2 goes into the nitty-gritty of process and execution.

It’s a rare type of sharing that we hope to do more of on Mixing Light. Hopefully, our members will agree.

Quick note about next week

I may need to skip next Sunday’s newsletter. Mixing Light Central’s relocation didn’t go as expected. It seems the wrong tree species was planted in front of our new digs so that the final inspections couldn’t be done, and the Certificate of Occupancy couldn’t be issued.

What a tree has to do with a house’s suitability to be human-occupied is beyond this mortal’s understanding. But it makes sense to the County, and they’re in control (maybe the main point?).

It’s a long way of saying that I may be too busy with the final move to publish this Newsletter. OTOH, I don’t have much else to do this week, so if I plan my time right, I can fill next week’s edition with my story backlog and schedule it by Wednesday.

Happy Grading!

I’ll see you next Sunday (or the following)!


Pat Inhofer
Chief Photon Wrangler, Publisher
The Craft
Featuring the work of creative craftsmen, the theory of color, and industry news. Learn practical workflows, useful theories, and actionable insights from existing (and emerging) leaders and teachers in our industry.
So, ’emerging’ and ‘young’ are not synonymous. Aside from that quibble: “New for 2024, the ‘Emerging Talent’ award will recognise and celebrate the work of young colourists (age 18-35) who have worked on a commercial or music video project aired between 1 September 2023 and 30 September 2024.”
I had the pleasure of working with Molly when she was at Dolby. I produced and edited the 10-part Dolby Vision series Mixing Light did for Dolby’s website. Everything we did ran past Molly, and she has an amazing eye for detail (read: She had LOTS of notes.)

What could have been a frustrating experience was simple since she can articulate complex thoughts and workflows with distilled clarity. She’s one of those rare people who effectively bridge engineers and creatives, and this interview captures that aspect of her personality.

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