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Digital Production Buzz – April 13, 2017

Tonight on The Buzz, we are talking about color, color grading and how color drives our emotions. We start with a look at the basics of color then explore how that’s applied in the real-world of film, television and photography. And our guests tonight are some of the leading experts in the field of color.

Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Duncan Russell, Alexis Van Hurkman, Stephen Nakamura, Brad Malcolm, Jordan Snider, and James DeRuvo.

  • The Process of Color Grading
  • Filming with HDR in Mind
  • The Basics of Color Grading
  • What Makes a Picture “Perfect?”
  • Correcting Color On Set
  • The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

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Guests this Week

Featured Interview #1: The Process of Color Grading

Duncan Russell

Duncan Russell, Senior Colourist, Freefolk

Duncan Russell is a Senior Colorist at Freefolk, a boutique visual effects and color grading company. Tonight, he shares his color grading workflow, the impact color has on setting emotions, the rules of color and how color looks have evolved over time. Duncan uses Baselight for color grading at Freefolk.

Featured Interview #2: Filming with HDR in Mind

Alexis Van Hurkman

Alexis Van Hurkman, Writer/Director/Colorist, Van Hurkman Productions

Alexis Van Hurkman is a writer, director, and colorist. As a colorist, he’s graded programs that have aired on The History Channel, The Learning Channel, and the BBC. Alexis also consults for Blackmagic Design as part of the product design team for DaVinci Resolve. Recently, he did a film to test how creating an HDR film changes production and post. He shares his discoveries with us tonight.

The Basics of Color Grading

Stephen Nakamura

Stephen Nakamura, Senior Colorist, Deluxe’s Company 3

Tonight we talk about color and color grading and how they drive our emotions. We start with a look at the basics of color. Stephen Nakamura is the Senior Colorist at Company 3 in Los Angeles, who’s projects include “Oz, The Great and Powerful,” “Prometheus,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” and many others. He sets the scene on color and the basics of color grading.

What Makes a Picture “Perfect?”

Brad Malcolm

Brad Malcolm, President, Athentech Imaging Inc.

Brad Malcolm is President and co-founder of Athentech Imaging, makers of “Perfectly Clear.” This is a plug-in providing intelligent image correction for still images. Because “Perfectly Clear” is, primarily an automated system for color correction, we want to ask Brad, “what makes a picture perfect?”

Correcting Color on Set

Jordan Snider

Jordan Snider, Supervising Colorist, Chromacolor

The easiest place to fix color and exposure problems is on set – which means that bringing a colorist on set can help keep costs in post down. Tonight we talk with Jordan Snider who explains his smart color workflow and how he helps the production team see the colors they are creating. Jordan also mentions “ACES” – for more information, visit

The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

James DeRuvo

James DeRuvo, Film and Technology Reporter, DoddleNEWS

James DeRuvo, Senior Writer at DoddleNEWS, has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. Covering technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James presents our weekly DoddleNEWS Update.

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