[Tig] A Colourist's Lament.

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--- El mié, 23/3/11, Martin Sansom <martinsansom at hotmail.com> escribió:

De: Martin Sansom <martinsansom at hotmail.com>
Asunto: [Tig] A Colourist's Lament.
Para: tig at colorist.org
Fecha: miércoles, 23 de marzo, 2011 13:35

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Further to my earlier gripe about digital acquisition and display I also have an issue with the way the global standardisation of technology has been part of a process that has led to a global generic look to what we do. I've worked in sixteen different countries and had pretty much the same conversation in all of them, it goes something like this;

Me: So how do you want it to look?

Client: Well what we want is a sort of slightly de-saturated look with no contrast at all, sort of natural with no stylisation anywhere.

Me: You mean a one light? you know, when the colourist just equalizes everything so the DOP, the editor, the director and the director's best friend's hairdresser's labradoodle can see everything that was shot before making it look good? you know, bland?

Client: Yep, that's the one, it's a very popular look, everyone's using that look.

Me: That would explain why you've booked half an hour to grade four commercials then.

Client: Well the thing is we've got 5000 Baht/Lira/Rupees/Mexican Jumping Beans to do all the post so spending time making it look nice isn't really possible but it doesn't matter as we've told the client that it's the natural film look, they've bought into it and we still get to call ourselves creatives, why are you laughing?

Me: Never mind, oh look the sushi has arrived, you better tuck in, we're almost done.

Client: Great, nice working with you, do you have a showreel?

Me: Yes but you wouldn't like it.

Regards to all Colourists,

Martin.


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