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Practical DIT Dailies Workshop with Von Thomas and the ICA

AbelCine has partnered with the International Colorist Academy (ICA) to offer this advanced color design & DIT workshops aimed at everyone involved in designing the look and style of a project. In this two-day workshop, attendees will learn the skills necessary to work as a DIT, an essential and ever-evolving role on set. The workshop concentrates on the production of dailies, and all the tools, software and skills required to work quickly and efficiently. Along with the latest gear and techniques, the workshop will teach the artistry of the DIT.

Instruction starts with backing up camera files and goes all the way through to handing off a shuttle drive with finished dailies to the editor or post house. Participants will go through all the steps for themselves: from backing up on set, to syncing audio, color correction and applying LUTs, to delivering final files to the editor. Attendees will work hands-on, as if they were on an actual, working set.

To ensure that everyone has plenty of practical experience, class size is limited to 16 people. In a relaxed environment, Von Thomas will demystify the role of the DIT so that participants become more confident in the position.

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

Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates

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

  • Develop a firm understanding of the DIT role for TV and features
  • Proper back up procedures for original camera media
  • Monitor calibration
  • Evaluating color and exposure via the use of scopes
  • Live Grading on set
  • Developing “looks” with the DP
  • Using a gray card for reference and camera matching
  • Using a color Temp Meter on set
  • Basic use of color control surface
  • The importance of setting proper white balance in camera
  • Primary and best light color correction
  • Syncing audio
  • Learn to use DaVinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch for color correction and deliverables
  • Learn to create high quality compressed files for iPad and cloud delivery
  • Use of cloud services for dailies upload and viewing
  • Learn on set procedures working with camera crews, DPs, audio mixers, production and post

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn DIT skills, as well as working DITs who want to refresh their knowledge and learn new techniques.

Von Thomas is a bi-coastal (LA – NY) Photographer,Cinematographer,  Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 12.52.55 PM RED TECH, digital capture expert, and educator. During the 80’s and 90’s, Von carved out a career as an advertising fashion and beauty photographer. Working on projects from album covers, fashion and product catalog, to outdoor and product advertising.

During the late 90’s, he discovered digital, and integrated that into his photography workflow. By 2001, he opened a digital capture boutique in New York City (Digital Tech NYC), and soon became the go to guy for the fashion, advertising, and editorial photographers needing the on-set digital lab solution. During this period, he lectured on digital capture at PhotoPlus International Conference, International Center of Photography New York, Photo Imaging and Design Expo, and his own branded Digital Tech Bootcamps.

In 2008 he ventured over to digital cinema, specializing on the RED Digital camera system, where he became one of the instructors for REDucation, RED’s immersive hands on training program. Today, Von leads his own DIT workshops in places like Dublin, Ireland and the US.

He currently works as a DIT and Dailies Colorists on feature films, TV episodics, webisodes, music videos, and commercials. His list of clients reads like a who’s who in both the still and motion photography business.


A very informative class. Lots of information and Von Thomas’ invaluable personal experiences. It was well worth the two days I took off from work to attend.Laurann Bartlett, AbelCine LA Student