How to learn color grading in 2020

Colour Grading is traditionally acquired by transferring skills from Senior Colorist to his/her Assistant. Usually, the path to a professional colorist job would lead from a junior or assistant position at a post-production company. Depending on a person’s ability and sheer chance, one would gradually progress and grow into a Senior Colorist Position.

However, in 2020 this cycle of new talent development has now become entirely obsolete. Post-Production companies have gradually stopped hiring junior staff, and with lockdown and the advent of remote workflow, this practice has now wholly ground to a halt.

Potentially this poses a severe issue for the entire industry. As the art and science of Color Grading are advancing faster than ever before, so grows the demand for skilled and experienced professionals. But if we do not have a clear path for skills development, the question is, how are we going to continue growth and meet up that demand.

Originally, Colour.Training started with professional colorists in mind. Over the past eight years, we helped thousands of pros stay up-to-date with the latest industry development and have helped them build the necessary skills for success. We have trained professionals who all had a very good base that, in most cases, was acquired through the path mentioned above and who have already been working for several years in the professional domain.

But today, we can’t ignore the fact that there is a need for a training method that will replace the traditional path of junior position at a post-production company. We need to help a new generation of colorists grow into professionals’ ranks by acquiring necessary skills in a new and alternative way.

Our online course ‘Fundamentals of Digital Color Processing’ is a perfect example of such a training offering. It helps acquire skills that are impossible to achieve through formal education and that were passed from senior to junior and have formed a basic knowledge necessary to understand digital color processing. It is one of the most critical steps and allows further skills growth in a professional colorist direction.
Further, our Remote Classes became accessible to a broader audience. We witnessed numerous success stories of attendees making incredible professional success. Cinematographers won color grading jobs for major brand campaigns, boutique post-production companies winning Netflix, Amazon contracts, and numerous other success stories that led from little to no professional jobs to booked out schedules.

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