Things you wish you knew when you started

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Jack Fairley

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Things you wish you knew when you started

PostSun Aug 20, 2017 8:50 pm

Since there are a lot of new (and non) colorists here, how about a thread on what people wish they knew when they started, either about DR or about the work in general.

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Re: Things you wish you knew when you started

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Re: Things you wish you knew when you started

PostMon Aug 21, 2017 2:01 am

Make sure you have a firm commitment from the client on a reasonable time at which their bill has to be paid in full. And that you establish limits on how many fixes and changes will be done for free.

The technical stuff is easy -- the business stuff is the real nightmare in post.
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Re: Things you wish you knew when you started

PostMon Aug 21, 2017 4:08 pm

Marc Wielage wrote:The technical stuff is easy -- the business stuff is the real nightmare in post.


Imagine yourself standing alone in the midst of a seemingly eternal expanse.

Which way do you start walking? Do you consider trying to survive where you are? Do you have the resources..like "air" and "water?" Do you have any tools? Are there predators about to devour you? Yes, there are.

In this blend of artistic interpretation and nuts-and-bolts technology, the first major mistake is failing to understand the difference between a "feature" and a "benefit." Sales representatives constantly baffle their marks with this confusion. For example, a pre-built "style LUT" is a feature, but it is only a benefit if you otherwise couldn't build it yourself, or you are not actually looking for a creative solution. Reverse-engineering style guide? Just an opinion, but. Its been done. So at this point, the result will either be parody or satire.

I have been asked to emulate so many styles (for mostly the above given reason); Matrix, MInority Report, Heritage Moments, &c., &c., &c.... it never ends... none of which was art-directed on-set, just more-or-less point the camera and fix it in post. Its kind of like being one of those people who do voice-impressions -- okay, say it like Owen Wilson, now like Obama, okay, now like Jack Nicholson, Winston Churchill...

Being original is the hardest thing to do.

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Re: Things you wish you knew when you started

PostMon Aug 21, 2017 5:35 pm

waltervolpatto wrote:Add yours here:

https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=54139

Mine will be: RTFM


There is no better for me. RTFM. Thank you Walter to remember this evidence.
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