Our short courses

UP.GRADE shorts:
A one-off series of short courses for 2019

"Will you ever offer short courses?" That's perhaps the question we've been asked most during the past four years of UP.GRADE.

 

Colourists, DITs cinematographers, editors and post-supervisors have all expressed their desire to study with us - yet few have been able to commit to relocating to Berlin and taking 9 months off from their jobs or studies.

 

Over the past 4 editions of UP.GRADE, the idea of offering a shorter series of courses in addition to the high intensity 9-month programme - although desirable, has always been impossible.

 

But now in 2019, to fund our search for partners to reinstate our long programme and maintain our Berlin facility as a centre of excellence for post-production training - we're delighted to have the opportunity to distill the key pillars of UP.GRADE's acclaimed curriculum into a series of shorter courses - to finally make them more accessible to the wider audience that has been asking for them.

 

 

About our short course series

We've distilled the depth and scope of our 9-month colourist programme down into a series of five modules modelled along the imaging and production pipeline. The modules will run from June (confirmed dates are listed below) and are named as follows:

 

ACQUISITION - understand the science and design behind image acquisition*

 

WORKFLOWS - explore effective colour managed workflows, from acquisition to deliverables*

 

TOOLSET - master the operation and interaction of common grading operators and other powerful tools*

 

CREATIVE - the art of realising and furthering a cinematographer's artistic vision*

 

EXHIBITION - study the characteristics of modern display technologies, for calibration and mastering*

 

MENTORING - deepen your technical, creative and communicative colourist skills through hands-on training

 

*with reference to the emerging era of high dynamic range displays "HDR".

 

Please note due to our working lecturers' availability, the modules themselves will not be run in the order above.

 

 

UP.GRADE: MENTORING NOW AVAILABLE

Course dates:

Monday September 23rd to Friday September 27th 2019

A class get together will take place the afternoon before - Sunday September 22nd

 

UP.GRADE lecturers:

Dirk Meier BVK - colourist, consultant, founder and former head of UP.GRADE

Edmond Laccon - colourist, head of UP.GRADE programmes

 

Special round-up Q&A lecturer:

TBC

 

Module curriculum:

Our final module in our series of short courses is a special one. Previous modules covered the fundamental art and science of colour grading with little in the way of hands-on colourist coaching.

 

Limited to just 6 participants, UP.GRADE: Mentoring will consist of 5 days of intense hands-on grading where you will have your colourist skills personally mentored by Dirk Meier, BVK and Edmond Laccon. The week will feature group review sessions in which participants will exchange constructive feedback and expertise with their colleagues. Additionally to the development of hands-on skills we will undertake further training exercises with you to enhance your client communication and time management skills - so expect to have your colourist comfort zone expanded.

 

For those who value having their questions answered in a personal one-to-one setting - this is the course for you. The grading package used throughout this module will be Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve. Places are limited to 6 - the number of grading workstations at UP.GRADE Berlin.

 

Course cost:

€1950

 

Number of places:

6

 

Teaching location:

UP.GRADE BERLIN, Chausseestrasse 56, 10115 Berlin, Germany

 

Module description and further details will be published here when we get them.

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CREATIVE

Course dates:

Monday August 26th to Friday August 30th 2019

A class get together will take place the afternoon before - Sunday August 25th

 

UP.GRADE lecturers:

Vanessa Taylor - senior colourist at Molinare, London (confirmed)

Dr. Pasquale Iannone - film lecturer, writer and broadcaster, teacher at the University of Edinburgh and regular contributor to Sight & Sound, Senses of Cinema and BBC Radio programmes. (confirmed)

Cinematographer - TBC

Dr. Philipp Weiss - art historian, UP.GRADE lecturer (confirmed)

Edmond Laccon - colourist, head of UP.GRADE programmes (confirmed)

 

Special round-up Q&A lecturer:

TBC

 

Topics covered:

Expanding your relationship to the images you're responsible for, a history of light in reproductions, the expressive power of colour in cinema, defining and realising a cinematographers artistic intent, exploring aesthetic attributes from set to post, broadening opportunities for creativity, the significance of primaries vs secondaries, building better creative partnerships and the impact of reactive vs forward-thinking creative choices, practical approaches to look development.

 

Course cost:

€1850

 

Number of places:

10 (Only 1 seat left!)

 

Teaching location:

UP.GRADE BERLIN, Chausseestrasse 56, 10115 Berlin, Germany

 

Module description and further details will be published here when we get them.

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RECENT SHORT COURSES IN THE SERIES...

ACQUISITION

Learning outcome:

To understand the science and design behind image acquisition.

 

Course dates:

Monday June 3rd to Friday June 7th 2019

A class get together will take place the afternoon before - Sunday June 2nd.

NOTE: this module is directly followed by "Exhibition", details and dates below.

 

UP.GRADE lecturers:

Prof. Andrew Stockman - vision scientist (confirmed)

Charles Poynton, PhD - colour scientist, physicist (confirmed)

Laurens Orij - colourist, colour scientist (confirmed)

 

Special round-up Q&A lecturer:

Harald Brendel - Teamlead Image Science ARRI Cine Technik (confirmed)

(answering questions in person or via Skype near the end of the module)

 

Topics covered:

The science of light, pertinent factors of the human visual system, the fundamentals of imaging and reproduction, analogue image acquisition processes, digital image acquisition processes, methods of encoding. The relevance of these topics to the growing adoption of HDR display technology will be referenced throughout.

 

Course cost:

€2000

 

Number of places:

10 [Sorry, this module has now passed]

 

Teaching location:

UP.GRADE BERLIN, Chausseestrasse 56, 10115 Berlin, Germany

 

Please note this module is now sold out.

 

 

EXHIBITION

Learning outcome:

To study the characteristics of modern display technologies, for calibration and mastering.

 

Course dates:

Monday June 10th to Friday June 14th 2019

A class get together will take place the afternoon before - Sunday June 9th

NOTE: this module directly follows "Acquisition", details and dates above.

 

UP.GRADE lecturers:

Charles Poynton, PhD - colour scientist, physicist (confirmed)

Felix Hüsken - colourist, calibrator (confirmed)

Ove Sander - Berlinale Technical Manager, digital cinema specialist (confirmed)

 

Special round-up Q&A lecturer:

Pete Ludé - CTO, Mission Rock Digital

(answering questions in person or via Skype near the end of the module)

 

Topics covered:

The fundamentals of visual reproduction, key properties and behavioural characteristics of common and emerging display technologies (LCD, OLED, DCI projection systems, both SDR and HDR), practical approaches to calibrating for such technologies, considerations to take into account at mastering. The relevance of these topics to the growing adoption of HDR display technology will be referenced throughout.

 

Course cost:

€2000

 

Number of places:

10

 

Teaching location:

UP.GRADE BERLIN, Chausseestrasse 56, 10115 Berlin, Germany

 

Please note this module is no longer available.

 

 

TOOLSET

Learning outcome:

To master the operation and interaction of common grading operators and other powerful tools.

 

Course dates:

Monday July 1st to Friday July 5th 2019

A class get together will take place the afternoon before - Sunday June 30th)

NOTE: this module is directly followed by "Workflows", details and dates below.

 

UP.GRADE lecturers:

Dirk Meier - colourist, former head of UP.GRADE, consultant (confirmed)

Paul Dore - image processing tools developer, workflow consultant (confirmed)

Ben Packer - colourist, UP.GRADER, creator of Frame Details (confirmed)

Edmond Laccon - colourist, head of UP.GRADE programmes (confirmed)

 

Special round-up Q&A lecturer:

Peter Doyle - Supervising Colorist, Warner Bros. De Lane Lea (confirmed)

(answering questions in person or via Skype near the end of the module)

 

Course cost:

€1850

 

Number of places:

10 [Sorry, this module is now sold out]

 

Teaching location:

UP.GRADE BERLIN, Chausseestrasse 56, 10115 Berlin, Germany

 

More details to follow as we get them but please note this module is now sold out.

 

 

WORKFLOWS

Learning outcome:

To explore effective colour managed workflows, from acquisition to deliverables.

 

Course dates:

Monday July 8th to Friday July 12th 2019

A class get together will take place the afternoon before - Sunday July 7th

NOTE: this module directly follows "Toolset", details and dates above.

 

UP.GRADE lecturers:

Tobias Schaarschmidt - colourist, colour scientist, calibrator (confirmed)

Daniele Siragusano - workflow consultant for FilmLight (confirmed)

Miga Bär - Manager Production Technology EMEA for Netflix (confirmed)

 

Topics covered:

Colour pipeline design principles, Netflix workflow case studies, FilmLight's Baselight, Truelight Colour Spaces, DaVinci Resolve Colour Management (RCM), ACES and its ODTs, CDL usage, workflows for VFX-heavy pipelines, show looks from on-set to post, scene referred vs display referred. The relevance of these topics to the growing adoption of HDR display technology will be referenced throughout.  

 

Course cost:

€1850

 

Number of places:

10  

  

Teaching location:

UP.GRADE BERLIN, Chausseestrasse 56, 10115 Berlin, Germany

 

More details to follow as we get them.

 

 

SHORT COURSES FAQ


1. I am very interested in X, Y or Z, why don't you cover those?

The primary goal of these UP.GRADE short courses is to provide participants with a deep understanding and "situational awareness" of subjects that lie at the foundation of the digital cinema imaging and post-production environment they are working in today. The secondary goal is to reinforce and extend participants' existing knowledge and experience through access to experts from the field who can explain and demystify the relevant topics. We do welcome your suggestions should we design further modules in the series.

 

2. Why can't you provide dates for all the modules at once?

We depend on our UP.GRADE lecturers who are all working industry professionals. They are often unable to confirm dates far in advance. Previously our 9-month programme afforded them a good degree of flexibility as to when they could attend but with short courses it becomes more challenging. As we get confirmations from them the details will be published above.

 

3. How do I apply to do an UP.GRADE short course module?

As soon as the details of a module (eg. "Workflows") are finalised you will be able to apply for it via this page. We will aim to review your application within 48 hours - but please allow 3 working days before contacting us. Keep in mind we are a very small team and interest and number of questions we receive at UP.GRADE are extensive.

 

4. Is there a complex and tough application/selection process like the 9-month programme has?

No, there is no selection process as such and the application form should only take you ~10 minutes to complete. A high standard of English is required as well as a proven professional connection to the subject matter. The application form itself carries more details.

 

5. What happens once my application is approved?

Once your application has been approved you will receive an email with details of the German Film and Television Academy's bank account. Please check your spam folder for that. IMPORTANT: you will then have 8 working days in which to transfer the EXACT, FULL payment (in Euros) to that account. If you take longer than 8 days (for whatever reason) you will forfeit your place automatically and it will be offered to the next person on our waiting list.

 

6. If my payment arrives after 8 working days will I lose my money as well as my place?

The German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) will aim to refund your money minus the expenses they will incur to do that. This should be avoided.

 

7. Can I pay by instalments, reserve a place, use PayPal, bring cash with me, etc.?

No. Our school cannot accept any alternative payment method other than the one outlined above. UP.GRADE short courses are not being run for profit but to maintain our facility as a centre of colour grading teaching excellence. Please help us by following the instructions.

 

8. Will there be a discount if I attend more than one module?

Regrettably we're unable to offer such a discount.

 

9. The 9-month programme offered tuition waivers, is there anything like that for the short courses?

Regrettably, as much as we'd like to, we do not have the means to offer tuition waivers or discounts at this time.

 

10. If I change my mind or I cannot attend, will the school refund my payment?

The short courses are not run for profit but to maintain the UP.GRADE Berlin facility. We will not be able to refund your payment.

 

11. What hours will I be studying at UP.GRADE Berlin?

Classes start at 10am and end typically at 5pm or later.

 

12. Does the fee include accommodation, food, transportation and will you help me finding accommodation in Berlin?

The fee covers teaching and the use of our UP.GRADE facility only. We won't be able to help you with accommodation, however the unofficial student FAQ carries some pointers on that.

 

13. Will I receive a certificate at the end of a course?

Yes, you will receive a certificate listing all the topics you will have covered during your time at UP.GRADE Berlin.

 

14. Does UP.GRADE Berlin offer step-free access?

Whilst we don't offer that only a modest number of steps are needed to access the facility.