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ACES with the ICA

This course explains the benefits of scene referred workflows, and in particular how to use ACES for grading. ACES is the result of over 15 years of collaborative effort under the guidance of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was developed to future proof post production, and significantly improve archive policies. It is especially useful for HDR and other markets where a solid color management system is required.

The course explains input transforms, the difference between scene linear and display linear, the render transform, and the display transforms. Learn how to create multiple deliverables from an ACES master, and how to integrate with VFX. The day includes practical time learning which tools work best and how to monitor and deliver great pictures using ACES color science.

Each student will receive a certificate of completion.

Computers are provided for each student.

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About ICA: The International Colorist Academy (ICA) was established in 2009 to provide “training for Colorists by Colorists”. They conduct small group workshops around the world where instructors share their firsthand knowledge of the skills needed to master Color Grading. icolorist.com

Please note: Get 15% off by purchasing 2 or more Kevin Shaw workshops at a time. CSI full members get 10% off and CSI Associate and Alliance members get 5% off. ***Only one discount can apply, they may not be added together. Also ask about MPEG subsidies. Please email training@abelcine.com for assistance with discounts.


Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
Location: TBD

  • The Introduction to ACES
  • The input device transform (IDT) by which image data from different cameras is transformed to a common colourspace (ACES).
  • Picture rendering using the AMPAS reference rendering transform (RRT).
  • The four key colour transforms: IDT, LMT, RRT, and ODT.
  • How is ACES best applied to the DI pipeline, and how it aids CGI/VFX integration.
  • The concept of working space. “Linear” mode (lift/gamma/gain) and “log” mode; contrast and brightness reinterpreted
  • Various output device transforms to yield imagery suitable for D-cinema, HD, and other displays.
  • The necessity of 3×3 matrix transform
  • The future and HDR acquisition

This is an intermediate course for anyone with experience in post production, but aimed at colorists who wish to or need to use an ACES or similar color managed workflow. Since color managed workflows begin on set and end with delivery it is useful for everyone in the chain to understand the core concepts. This class is suitable for all systems, but uses Resolve and Film Master for practical exercises.

Kevin Shaw has been color grading for over 30 years. Based in England, he works all Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 11.08.17 AMover the world. Recently Kevin has focused on HDR grading and is the European colorist consultant for Dolby. He is also an ACES mentor. Kevin is equally at home working on Features, TV episodic, commercials, music videos and restoration projects. Prior to the software revolution, he was a renowned telecine colorist. In 2009, he co-founded the International Colorist Academy to share his knowledge and experiences with the growing new generation of software colorists and in 2016 he co-founded the Colorist Society International, the first professional representation for colorists.

Film & TV: 180 (2011), Monsters (2010), Streetdance 3D (2010), Transfer (2010), The Wake Wood (2009), How to Change in 9 Weeks (2008), Acolytes (2007), The Omid Djalili Show (S. 2), Coming of Age, 2 Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2009 Christmas specials)

Commercials: Tikves, Jaguar, Nivea, ICA, Volvo, Danica, IKEA, Levis, Wrangler

Music Video: Ellie Goulding (HDR), George Michael, Seal, Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue