Color Grading with Da Vinci Resolve: Beginner to Advanced
What you'll learn
- You will be able to take a grading project from start to finish and deliver to a professional standard
- You will be able to guide others through the color grading worklfow
- You will develop a sense of style and be able to examine other films to inform your own practice.
- You will be able to confidently continue to develop your skills as a colorist.
- A working familiarity of video editing
- A desire to make awesome-looking films and finish your projects to the highest standard.
Behind the Blackmagic
Color grading still enjoys an odd, almost mystical status among some filmmakers, but what if I told you that you can do it with software that you can get for free? Well, there's no magic (Blackmagic doesn't count) here, just hard graft and know-how. This course will take you from a standing start, right the way through to high-end and professional color grading using the excellent post-production solution; Da Vinci Resolve. The training material I'm providing comes from real-world projects where I was paid to provide my labor. I'm going to take you through how I approached each one of these projects to achieve professional results.
On this course, you will learn:
The full Da Vinci Resolve workflow, from receiving a project right through to final delivery
Primary grading tools which work on the entire image
Secondary grading tools which allow you to make highly accurate corrections to your image
Keying, tracking and rotoscoping in the color panel
The parallel and layer mixer nodes, and when to use them
Best practices for large and complex projects
Tips and tricks to deal with challenging footage
Da Vinci Resolve color management, including LUTs and camera RAW decoding
Da Vinci Resolve's OpenFX plugins, including the Beauty and film grain plugins
How to make your footage sing and deliver a project professionally, every time
And much, much more!
I'm now a Blackmagic Design certified trainer in Da Vinci Resolve, and I've been color grading professionally for over nine years. In that time I've produced work for brands such as Unilever, Greggs Bakery, TNT Logistics, Joules (a UK clothing line), the NHS, the BBC and Virgin Airlines. It doesn't stop there, either. I've delivered drama and factual work for broadcast and web, as well as feature films for international distribution.
Missing a mentor?
I'm bringing the benefit of my experience to this course because I know what it's like to have no-one to teach you. When I started to grade on my film course back in university, there were no tutors who could teach me to grade at all. I wound up spending long nights in the grading suite (some winter days I actually missed the sun completely) teaching myself to use Resolve from scratch. It paid off as I wound up delivering grading work for the BBC wildlife unit, on the project that became Life Stories, whilst still studying at university! But why was it like that? I still believe I'd be a lot better now if I'd had the right training earlier, all the harder to iron out bad habits when there's no-one around to call you out!
So this course is my attempt to provide that support and that training to as many people as possible, all for the price of a pizza (a heavily discounted pizza if it's a large one). If you want to learn how to finish your film projects to a higher standard, then come along as we cover Da Vinci Resolve in Depth in this course!
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who wants to take their film projects to the next level through color grading and high-end finishing
- Anyone who needs to know the workflow of the grade in post production using the industry's most popular solution
I'm a freelance Colorist and post-production professional with over nine years of experience working in Da Vinci Resolve. I produced work for web, broadcast and Cinema as well a numerous music videos, short films and drama projects.
I've found a passion for education and training whilst working as a freelancer and want nothing more than to share the benefit of my experience with others.