digital film services

Beginning of 2015 I have been assigned head of programme for the world's first full-time and long-term training programme for color grading. It's called UP.GRADE - Colouring Tomorrow, is organised by the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) and started in June 2015. After nine months the 10 inter-
national participants finished the first course in February 2016.

It was an extraordinary experience and I'm very happy to continue the programme
for at least one more year.

If you want to know more about the programme, the great lecturers and success-
ful participants, you can download the first year's booklet here.

Or visit the programme's website...

 

UP.GRADE - Colouring Tomorrow

workshops / lectures

grading

consulting / calibration

 

 

 

I work as teacher/trainer since 1999 for various filmschools and institutions...

e.g. ifs int. filmschool Cologne, dffb Berlin, HFF Munich, Film University Babelsberg, FH Mainz, Filmacademy Baden-Württemberg, Berlinale Talent Campus now called Berlinale Talents, Beyond Hands on HD Hannover, Hands on xK Munich, Macromedia Cologne, European Film Academy,
Den Norske Filmskolen (Norway), Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (Sweden)

 

After many years of successful workshops together with makeup expert Isabelle Voinier, I joined her as co-author on updating her book about makeup in the times of high definition and digital cinematography. This english version of "ready for FullHD" is now available directly from the publishers website... www.ready-for-fullhd.com or via Amazon.

 

 

Its main goal is information and education for all makeup artists, but I personally can only stress how much valuable information I learned from our workshops while explaining video technology to makeup artists and listening to their approach of tangling skin tones. So I can also recommend this book to all camera and film production people interested in understanding more of the highly technical and complex field of makeup.

 

upcoming ...

2014/February

Renamed to Berlinale Talents (and not Talent Campus anymore), I was asked again to host the Post Production Studio together with DoP Birgit Gudjonsdottir for 20 selected Talents from all over the world.

We shot, edited and graded footage from a variety of digital cameras including the new Red Dragon and Red Epic Monochrome, Canon C500 and Arri Alexa. Along the practical exercises and hands-on for the Talents we did theory lectures about 'Digital Basics', 'File-based Workflow' and our 90 min. masterclass 'The Survival Guide to Digital Workflows'.

Image © Cecile Mella for the Red Dot Agency

Image © Cecile Mella for the Red Dot Agency

Image © Cecile Mella for the Red Dot Agency

Image © Cecile Mella for the Red Dot Agency

 

2014/January

Introduction to colorgrading - 5 days seminar for camera students of the HFF Munich.

 

2013/October

'From Colorcorrection to Look' - Introduction to colorgrading for students of all years at the FH Mainz during a week of workshops with external professionals.

 

2013/September

'A Clear View' - 2nd part of the international workshop with students from the dffb Berlin, FAMU Prague, The London Filmschool, ESCAC Barcelona, UNATC Bucharest.

After the students shot their movies during the summer this time we graded and finished the films.

 

2013/June

'Postproduction Workshop' at the dffb Berlin

As part of the postproduction workshop presented by Stefan Beckers, I joined the cinematography students of the 2nd year to give an introduction to colorgrading in general and specific workflows.

As a central part of this I explained and demonstrated the different colorspaces of 'Rec. 709' for digital broadcast and all HD deliveries, 'P3' for digital cinema packages - todays cinema's release prints and the process of grading with film print emulation Look-Up Tables. This included many 'hands-on' opportunities for the students learning the grading tools.

 

2013/May

'Colorgrading Workshop' at the HFF Munich

Introduction to colorgrading for students inlcuding the grading and evaluation of test footage previously generated with a wide variety of digital cameras and analog film.

 

2013/April

'A Clear View' - 2nd edition of the 2-part workshop for participants of various european filmschools hosted by the dffb in Berlin with support from ARRI Berlin.

I presented an introductory lecture about the basics of digital film acquisition and postproduction, leading to a brief demo of the dffb's Nucoda grading system. Other lecturers were Tina Mersmann (Line Producer/Postproduction Supervisor) with a case study about the Michael Hammon film "Gold", Niko Remus (Postproduction Supervisor) speaking about Margarethe von Trotta's film "Hannah Arendt", Patrick Lindenmaier (DoP and colorist), Michael Bertl (DoP and head of cinematography department at the dffb) and Steffen Paul and Steffen Scheid from ARRI.

Niko Remus presenting the basics of digital film postproduction.

 

2013/March

'Look-Development' - 3 day seminar with DoP Matthias Bolliger at ifs int. filmschool cologne

Participants shot test clips with various digital film cameras that we graded in the school's own DaVinci Resolve grading suite.

DoP Matthias Bolliger in front of the 'class' of professionals.

Workshop participants using the LiveGrade tool provided and explained by

Patrick Renner of Pomfort (in foreground right edge).

 

2013/February

'Berlinale Talent Campus - Postproduction Studio' - Workshop during the Berlinale International Filmfestival

Together with Icelandic/Austrian DoP Birgit Gudjonsdottir I was asked to become mentor again for the Campus Studio after 2010 and 2012. This included the preparation of the shooting, selection of hardware and postproduction workflow as well as preparing a ninety minute lecture entitled "The Survival Guide to Digital Workflows".

The kick-off lesson about 'digital basics' for our 20 workshop participants.

Image © Cecile Mella for the Red Dot Agency

Shooting outside the House of World Cultures, Berlin (HKW). Left DoP/mentor Birgit Gudjonsdottir, center talent Ama Boamah, right operator/1st AC Olaf Aue. © Cecile Mella for the Red Dot Agency

"The Survival Guide to Digital Workflows" - a lecture as dialogue between set and post, DoP and colorist about the technical aspects of dealing with digital images throughout a feature film production. Presented open to the public and talent campus participants at the HAU3.

Image © Cecile Mella for the Red Dot Agency

 

2013/January

'DI and Image Control' - 2-week-seminar about looks, digital cameras and colorgrading at HFF Munich with DoP/professor Axel Block and camera students from Munich and Lisbon, Portugal.

Patrick Renner of Pomfort gives a short introduction and demo to their product LiveGrade on one morning during our workshop.

 

2012/November

Introduction to colorgrading, theory and practice,

a 2-day-seminar at the ifs international filmschool cologne.

 

2012/September & April

'A Clear View' - Postproduction workshop for students of five different european filmacademies with a strong focus on workflow and digital colorgrading; hosted by the dffb Berlin.

Participants of filmacademies from Prague, Budapest, Lodz, London and Berlin at ARRI's grading suite in Berlin after a short overview presentation of today's postproduction possibilities.

Bottom right Stefan Beckers (dffb) and Steffen Scheid (ARRI).

 

2012/July

Training and lecturing at Beyond Hands on HD workshop in Hannover.

Click on the image above to follow a link to Nordmedia's website about the workshop.

Lecture about Colormanagement for some of the postproduction class participants.

French DOP Philippe Ros was showing two shortfilm productions shot with the Sony F65.
Here together with Michael Radeck, head of the Postproduction department, who succeeded
with support from DVS to screen the 4k DCP on a Sony SXRD 4k projector.

I had the pleasure to assist on his presentation by giving an introduction to the IIF/ACES workflow.

 

 

2012/May