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Colorist Strategies with the ICA

This is the most popular ICA class and is designed for industry professionals, assistant colorists and newer colorists. It covers colorist theory and a detailed look at color tools. It also suggests grading strategies, and session management techniques. There is a Nucoda Film Master to demonstrate and practice on, but the course content is not system specific and is useful for using and comparing all grading systems. Laptop systems are welcome in the class. Participants are encouraged to bring frames or clips to discuss during the class.

The first day covers colorist theories and explains the physical, psychological and cultural aspects of seeing. This leads to an understanding of how influential visual clues are in audience reaction and emotion. (The first part is also offered as a one day class: Color Theory with Kevin) The course then examines the film, video and graphics color tools that are available and how, when and why they might be used. We also cover best practices for colorist workflows and session management. (The second part is also offered as a one day class: Colorist Tools with Kevin)

In 2017 the syllabus has been updated to include scene referred workflows, 4k and HDR basics.

This course can be followed by Creating Popular Looks or Advanced Color Design for those that wish to take a 5 day course.

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


Monday - Wednesday, Aug 28th - 30th
Location: AbelCine, Los Angeles
Colorist Strategies with the ICA - LA 8/28/17 - 8/30/17: $1495.00

  • How we perceive and react to color
  • The truth about resolution, bit depth and dynamic range
  • Ways to work with log and linear grades
  • How colorists make an image look great
  • Why primary tools are actually different on every system
  • Which techniques are most effective for secondary grading
  • What you can do to protect image quality
  • How to work faster
  • Ways to use DI workflows
  • How to work with clients

This class is designed for industry professionals, assistant colorists and newer colorists. It is the ideal first class for anyone that has not had the benefit of basic theory training. It covers both theory and practice of efficient workflows and grading techniques. The class is valid for all systems, but does include practical sessions with Resolve or Film Master. Other “bring your own” systems are welcome.

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