Is It Your Responsibility to Archive a Project?

In this installment of From The Mailbag, Team Mixing Light discusses if it's a colorists' responsibility to archive media and project files.

Before The Grade: 5 Pre-Grade Tips To Improve Session Speed

In this Insight, Robbie looks at 5 pre-grade tips that can help you increase your overall session speed when it comes time to grade a project.

Color Grading Challenge: Recreating the 90s Pop Video Look

Dan kicks off a new grading challenge where he plays your client. It's based on a 90s pop video style color grade he recently recreated.

What Can DPs Do To Make Final Color Easier?

In this installment of From The Mailbag we're joined by Joey D'Anna and discuss what can DPs and onset staff do to make final color easier?

A Career As A Colorist: The Best Advice We've Received

Team Mixing Light continues the advice theme of recent episodes and discuss the best advice that we've received that's helped our color correction careers. From attitude to technical and creative advice it's all helped each of us have successful careers.

How To Network Professionally (without leaving the house)

Learn some of my best tips and tricks for self-promotion and building a strong personal brand online, without feeling weird or insincere - even if you're socially awkward and aren't good at 'networking'.

Getting Started As A Colorist & What's Changed In Grading?

Recently we've been getting a lot questions from young members asking how to get started as a professional colorist and how has grading changed over the years? We tackle those questions and more in this audio Insight of From The MailBag.

Colorist Podcast EP 022: Dado Valentic

In this installment of the Colorist Podcast, Josh sits down with colorist, trainer and industry visionary Dado Valentic to discuss his much talked about presentation on color grading and AI, HDR workflow, on tools for colorists and more!

Handling A Rejected Grade, As A Freelancer

Team Mixing Light's Dan Moran recently left his job at a large post facility to join the freelance world. Dan is curious how Patrick and Robbie would handle, as a freelancer, a client who rejects a grade - fix it or charge more?

Being Flexible As A DIT: The Always Evolving DIT Cart

We all know that a good cart is essential to a DIT's kit. But what if there is no room for your cart? What options do you have when size becomes a cause for concern? Get a list of differently-sized DIT Carts for odd situations.

Getting Sh*t Done: How To Do More And Have It All

Do you want to cram a ton of productivity into your life? Get insight into how to do that from a highly productive post professional.Get tips and strategies to maximize your down time or add something to your life you never had time for.

Colorist Podcast EP 020: Ian Vertovec

In the first installment of the Colorist Podcast for 2018, Josh sits down with well-known colorist Ian Vertovec from Light Iron. They discuss Ian's work, ACES, HDR, VFX workflow and much more!

On The Road: How to Work Internationally As A Colorist

As post production becomes increasingly decentralized, there are growing opportunities for us to take our talents and work abroad. This Insight offers first-hand wisdom from editors and colorists all over the world, working internationally.

Hollywood Restoration and Remastering: An Interview With Marc Wielage

Film restoration and remastering is a very unique specialty in the craft of digital color correction. Learn how a Hollywood colorist handles the unique challenges. Get some insights into his workflow and 'insider' stories.

Which Hard Drive do you recommend for this production?

As a DIT, at some point you will be asked, "What hard drive do you recommend for our shoot?" Before you answer, ask yourself: Is your favorite hard drive the proper drive for THIS job?

Failing Gracefully, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love to Bomb

We all fail. The trick is to learn how to learn from our failures; by setting up a system for honest evaluation that serves you, years into the future.

Colorist Podcast Episode 019: 2017 Year In Review

In the last installment for 2017, the Colorist Podcast looks back at some key moments from the series this year with a year in review highlights episode

The 12 Days Of Running A Better Color Correction Business

Getting into the holiday spirit, in this Insight Robbie shares 12 strategies to improving your color correction business in 2018

Colorist Podcast Episode 18: Patrick Woodard

In this installment, Josh talks to Digital Film Tree lead colorist Patrick Woodard about color correcting high-end TV, remote sessions, ACES and more!

Colorist Podcast Episode 17: Bob Festa

In this episode, Josh talks to legendary colorist Bob Festa about his gigantic body of work, grading techniques and much more!

Surviving (And Finishing) A 1000 Shot Project In 2 Days Or Less

Coloring long form projects with very quick turn arounds can be very challenging. In this article, learn techniques for surviving & finishing big projects

When To Sell Yourself Short?

When is it ok to "sell myself short"? Katie Hinsen suggests taking a more holistic approach to value when considering an opportunity, job or client.

Colorist Podcast Episode 15: Alexis Van Hurkman

In this installment of the Colorist Podcast Josh talks to well known author, director, and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman about a wide variety of color topics

A Modern Approach To Cold-Calls

In this Insight, ML contributor Katie Hinsen shares her thoughts about cold calling as well as several practical tips on making contact more effective.

Grading Challenge - Follow My Brief

Following a brief for unattended grades can be incredibly difficult. Dan sets up a virtual client grade and will give feedback on your grade in the comments

Colorist Inspiration – August 2017

Dan is turning 30 and shares his work from across the years to show how his grading has evolved and improved year after year

Client Communication: A Short Primer For Young Colorists

The hardest part about color correction is not learning new software or pushing buttons but communication with clients. Learn more in this Insight.

Pressure: How To Get Things Done Without Having A Breakdown

Pressure is an unavoidable part of being a professional colorist. In this Insight, learn strategies to alleviate pressure so you avoid a complete meltdown!

From The Grading Room - Are We Sterilizing Images?

Now that most people have a basic knowledge of color correction thanks to Instagram what does that mean for us colorists?

Colorist Podcast Episode 010

In this edition of the Colorist podcast Josh talk to the famed Warren Eagles from the International Colorist Academy.

Is Perception Hurting Your Color Correction Business?

Client perception about you & your business plays a large role in winning work.In this Insight learn how to shape client perception

Screwing Up A Flat Bid: 5 Strategies To Prevent & Fix Low Flat Bids

In this Insight, Robbie shares some hard-won tips on what to do when you screw up the pricing on a flat bid & how to prevent these mistakes.

Colorist Podcast Episode 08

In this episode of the colorist podcast, Josh talks to industry veteran/legend Dale Grahn about his storied career & many other subjects

How To Quickly Generate Color Correction Ideas

Are you having problems deciding how to attack color correcting your images? Learn how to quickly generate ideas in this video.

An Interview with Colorist Ayumi Ashley

In this episode of the colorist podcast Josh talks to colorist Ayumi Ashley from Mission Film & Design about her work & career

An Interview with Professional Colorist Rob Bessette

In Episode 6 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh Petok talks to commercial colorist Rob Bessette about his career, grading commercials & more!

What is the Golden Rule of Conforming Timelines?

If you move your timeline from one bit of post-production software to another then you need to know the 'Golden Rule of Conforming'.

From The Grading Room - Behind The Looks of 2016 UK Best Nominated Commercials

First, explore the list of the UK's 2016 Best Nominated Commerials - then ask a professional colorist to breakdown how they achieved their Looks.

Colorist Podcast Episode 005

In Episode 5 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh talks to well-known online editor & colorist Terence Curren about his work & other sujbects

Showreel 2016 – Showcasing Your Range

Are you showcasing your range of looks and grades with your showreel? Dan breaks down his latest reel and explains why

Remote Grading Via Skype

When Your Director Is 6000 Miles Away In this Insight I’d like to share an experience I had this week. I had a room full of clients in London but…

You'll Get Paid, When We Get Paid - 5 Ways To Avoid This Trap

Have you ever had a client say that won't pay you until they're paid by their client? Learn 5 techniques for avoiding this issue

From The Grading Room – Radiohead

Dan shares his story from the grading room on grading a short promo project for radiohead

5 Ways To Sell Clients On NOT Color Correcting In-House

In this Insight, discover 5 strategies for convincing clients to grade with you rather than color correct projects in-house.

From The Grading Room – Going Digital

Sometimes going for the film look is not the right decision. Dan shares his tips on going digital to give us great punchy sharp images.

Modulating Your Time Based On Client Budget & Needs

With constrained budgets, clients can't always afford your services. But maybe you can modulate your time and effort to meet their needs?

Responsible Grading – Protecting Skin Tone

When working with heavy looks we sometimes forget about protecting skin tone and making our artist/actor look as good as possible

Responsible Grading – Grading With Revisions In Mind

Sometimes we get lost in the heat of the moment and over complicate our grades. Dan shares his tips for responsible grading when time is short

Delivering Project Files: Making The Choice About Your IP

You always deliver final video files but should you deliver project files to your clients too? Learn more in this Insight.

5 Strategies For Managing A Supervised Session

Supervised color grading is hard! In this Insight, Robbie shares 5 strategies for managing a supervised session.

Chasing Down Money: 6 Strategies For Overdue Payments

Running a creative business is fun until someone is long overdue paying you! Learn 6 Strategies for chasing down overdue money

From The Grading Room: Turning A Session Around

not every session can be amazing and Dan shares his tips on turning a session around and winning over a client when things don't go your way.

Getting More When You're Getting Paid Less

In this Insight, learn ways that you get more benefits for your buisiness out of a project even when a client isn't paying you all that much.   

How to Build a Color Correction Demo Reel, Part 2

Watch a professional colorist share his process for creating a 3-minute Color Correction Demo Reel - including missteps.

Colorist Inspiration - November

Its time for the big christmas ads to roll out and more colorist inspiration. Dan share's some of the top work and one of his own.

How to Build a Color Correction Demo Reel

A Demo Reel attracts clients—but is it the 'right' kind of client? Learn to build a color correction demo reel that builds your career.

Finding Opportunities When Color Correcting

How do you stay creative when you're not feeling creative? Learn how one professional is always finding opportunities when color correcting.

Tales From The Grading Suite - Lighting The Looks

When jobs look good you wonder why your own work might not look as good. In this insight Dan shares his thoughts on Lighting The Looks.

Using Resolve's 'Layer Mixer' to Switch Between Looks

If you need to switch between different Looks in a single shot, learn how to use DaVinci Resolve's 'Layer Mixer' node for fine-tuned control.

DaVinci Resolve Remote Grading : An Introduction

Remote grading in DaVinci Resolve is a unique way to color grade. It allows clients to view real time grading anywhere in the world.

Rebooting Your Eyes : How To Step Back From Your Grade

Rebooting Your eyes can be tricky after spending hours, days or even weeks on a project. Dan shares how to refresh your eyes for a grade.

Anatomy Of A Commercial Color Grade

The question of how to commercials look so good crops up constantly. Dan shares the in and outs of a grading session to show you how

5 Ways To Get More Color Grading Work

No matter if you're currently slow or are looking for ways to stay busy, in this Insight learn 5 ways to get more color grading work

Using Milestone Payments to Get Paid More Reliably

Having problems getting clients to pay you in 30 days? Maybe it's time to switch to Milestone payments. For ideas on this, keep reading...

Why You Should Avoid Net 30 Billing Terms

Are you starting a company or are a freelancer and think Net 30 billing is what 'real' businesses do? It's not. Net 30 is a trap. Here's why.

How to Track Your Time and Invoice Your Clients, Stress-free

Learn how to track your time—and easily bill your clients, with automated integration in your Accounting package.

How to Get Faster at Color Correction

Do you want to get faster at Color Correction? Part 3 of our series gives you solid tips for increasing your daily shot count.

Part 2: How to Estimate Time for Color Correction

Explore the 6 'slices' of a color correction session and how we manage our time across them. This lets us bid & quote more accurately.

How to Estimate Time for a Color Correction Session

How long will it take you color correct a 10 minute timeline? In Part 1 of this series, we discuss the anatomy of a color correction session.

Dealing With Helicopter Clients

Helicopters can hover, so can helicopter clients. Learn how to deal with micro managing clients in your next grading session.

Colorist Block - When Nothing Looks Good

Sometimes you just can't make a grade look good no matter what you do! The Colorist Block is real and dangerous but defeatable.

5 Things Keeping You From Becoming A Better Colorist

Everyone wants to get better at their craft. In this Insight learn about how to overcome 5 common barriers to becoming a better colorist

Being A Supervising Colorist - Tips For Managing Others

Managing other colorists creative work can be challenging. In this Insight, learn key ways to make that process efficient and stress free.

Footage Quality Control - When To Reject Footage

Footage Quality Control in a modern file based world can be tricky. Dan shares his advice on how and when to reject source material.

Commercial Breakdown - Smirnoff

Dan takes a look at his latest commercial grade and shares the thinking and techniques behind the grades.

Evaluating A Project - What Will A Grade Really Take?

Evaluating a project so you know how much time it will take is an essential part of color grading. Check out this Insight for more key tips.

When Color Management Fails : Dan's Strategy

Have you had a client reject a grade after they left the color correction suite? Learn how handle this problem without losing your client.

How to Improve the Client Experience: A Check List

How to keep a client comfortable & productive as a key part of postproduction client services. A checklist for client happiness.

Sales Techniques For The Owner/Operator

Part 2 in the series The Science Of Not Selling Yourself short explores sales for owner/operators and strategies to get more sales.

Narrative Color Grading: Practice Your Craft By Setting Time Periods

Have you ever had to build a look that helps put a shot into a certain era? Learn how to approach this challenge - and download a 6K RED Dragon shot to give it a shot and share with us.

The Science Of NOT Selling Yourself Short Part 1

In this Insight learn how by combining traditional sales with talent know how a facility can build an efficient sales pipeline.

Colorist Tip: How to Build a Color Correction Showreel

How do you build a colorist showreel / demo reel that condenses your whole career into 3mins? Dan shares with you his approach.

Managing A Grade – The Music Video

Grading a music video can be challenging from a time perspective. In this Insight learn about Managing A Grade for when time is tight.

The Unsupervised Session: Tips For Offsite Client Review

When color grading, unsupervised sessions can be difficult. In this Insight, learn strategies and techniques to handle these types sessions.

Getting Up To Speed With Monitor Calibration

Monitor Calibration is essential to have success color correcting and grading projects. Check out this Insight to learn the essentials.

Mailbag: Beating A Creative Funk & Consolidating Reels

In this episode of From The Mail Bag we discuss getting out of creative funk & consolidating a multi-reel project in Resolve.

How To Recharge Your Creativity (In 5 Simple Steps)

Feeling uncreative? We've all been there. Keeping your creativity at a high level is something you have to work at. Learn how in 5 steps.

How To Keep Your Clients (Using 6 Easy Strategies)

Keeping Clients Is Hard! But essential. This Article explores techniques to keep your clients happy and coming back with 6 Key Strategies.

Is Working For Free A No No? (Or Can It Be Good For You?)

Is working for free a huge professional mistake? Not necessarily. Learn how to handle these requests like the video professional you are.

Creating Color Correction Looks: The Low Contrast Look

The Low Contrast Look is a flat style of color correcting. In this video, learn how we execute it without making our images look lifeless.

How To Quote Your Color Correction Jobs: Hourly Billing or Flat Bidding?

How should you quote your color correction jobs? Flat bid or bill by the hour? We map this crater-filled landscape with Do's and Do Not's.

How Do You Get Hired As A Professional Colorist?

There are common points that are useful for you to understand when trying to become a professional colorist. We share our top tips in this article.

Color Correcting Food for Commercial Clients in Digital Video

How does a professional colorist color correct food? Our guest colorist Rob Bessette shares his secrets and the keys for a successful session.

Tips & Tricks for Time Remapping in DaVinci Resolve 9 & 10

Dealing with Time Warps in a color correction workflow is difficult to manage. I found a workflow, saving time and money for you and your clients!

New SpeedGrade CC Courses + Working With A DP + Video Displays

Podcast: Learn about a new training title for SpeedGrade CC + How to work with a DP in a color correction session + Choosing video displays for grading.

Color Correcting In Sections with Avid Media Composer

If your client is asking for changes in your color corrections that effect entire scenes then here's how to quickly make those fixes in Avid.

Preparing A Color Correction Session For A Commercial Client

You can learn my tips and tricks to prepare for a client-supervised commercial color correction session. it's not just about your skill. Preparation counts.

How Do You Decide Your Base Rate (For Digital Video Color Correction)?

If you're a freelancer or solo-preneur then setting your base rate of pay can be challenging. Learn how to set your rates with confidence.

Color Correcting A Music Video: Ask Me Anything

Do you have burning questions about color correcting music videos? Professional colorist Dan Moran, CSI is here to give you his answers.

Podcast: Managing Difficult Clients + The Problem Of Consumer TVs

In this Podcast we're answering two questions: Managing unhappy clients + helping clients understand why their color decisions look different at home.

DaVinci Resolve: Preconform or Conform Before Starting A Job?

When preparing to color correct a job in DaVinci Resolve, to Preconform or Conform is a question you need to ask yourself (and know their differences).

Respecting Time: The Hold and Will-buy System for Booking Clients

Learn a simple system you can use to protect yourself from cancelled clients. As an added bonus you can (sometimes) make money from those cancellations.

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