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Creating Popular Color Grading Looks with the ICA

AbelCine has partnered with the International Colorist Academy (ICA) to offer this advanced workshop for working colorists. In this practical, two-day workshop, participants will work with frequently requested grading styles and looks. The workshop will cover how to achieve these looks, as well as a discussion of the cultural meanings or concepts they impart to a project. The goal is to achieve new looks from old techniques.

The workshop begins with a presentation of standard looks from a historical perspective. It then quickly moves into practical examples and experiments. We cover common techniques, ways to reverse engineer Looks and ways to develop new Looks. Emphasis is on adding meaning and relevancy through creative interpretation. Each participant can approach the course with their own ideas and objectives, and everyone is encouraged to bring their own media to use in addition to the course media. Class systems are Resolve and Nucoda FilmMaster, or participants can bring in their own laptop system.

This workshop is an exciting meeting of like-minded colorists and an opportunity to practice and try new ideas without the pressure of a client in attendance. Taking advantage of this is a rare opportunity to sit together with other colorists and bounce challenges and experiences around.

Each student will receive a certificate of completion.

Computers are provided for each student.

This class is also known as “Popular Looks with Kevin”

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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


Tuesday - Wednesday, Aug 22nd - 23rd
Location: AbelCine, Chicago
Creating Popular Color Grading Looks with the ICA - CHI 8/22/17 & 8/23/17: $1095.00

  •  What makes a “Look” iconic
  • The difference between a “Look” and a “Style”
  • Cinematic uses of color and contrast
  • How to analyze and reproduce reference looks
  • The best tools for black and white
  • How digital tools can imitate a chemical bleach bypass
  • When to use color washes and color casts
  • Different ways to handle day for night and time of day grades
  • How to manage isolation effects
  • How to have happy accidents!

This course is an ideal follow up to intermediate classes taught by the ICA and is open to any colorist who has completed such a class or who has at least one year’s experience.

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Kevin Shaw has been color grading for over 30 years. Based in England, he works all over 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 Age2 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