UP.GRADE - colouring tomorrow

In analogue film workflows, colour timing was the widespread but very limited process deployed to adjust a film’s look technically and creatively. Colour timers were generally film-lab employees. With the rise of electronic imaging, expensive film-to-video transfer equipment (telecine) offered a much wider range of image manipulation options and triggered a new wave of post-production visual design in the film world. Training on this equipment was only possible in large post-production facilities, and involved spending years as an assistant in order to master the telecine process.

The increasing emphasis on post-production in modern filmmaking gives rise to growing demand for professionals to master post-production techniques in both artistic and technical terms. Furthermore, the market for highly qualified colourist is set to expand, for they are the principal creative collaborators in image post-production.

The transition to computer-based digital colour grading systems offers broader access, but so far there has been no targeted long-term training for professionals in this specific field.

That’s why the DFFB created the world’s first intensive long-form postgraduate training programme dedicated exclusively to colour correction: UP.GRADE – Colouring Tomorrow. For four years UP.GRADE trained 40 young colorists over 9 intensive months in the technical, theoretical, practical, and aesthetic aspects of colour grading.

Through UP.GRADE, the DFFB has been able to satisfy the enormous demand for knowledge that has arisen from the digitalisation of all production processes over the last 15 years.