Directing Color

Ollie Kenchington

Directing Color

Ollie Kenchington
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1h 25m
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Description

In Directing Color, filmmaker, editor and colorist Ollie Kenchington explores how visual language cues, color theory and even color grading techniques can be used throughout the filmmaking process to not just create a “look” but to enhance storytelling. He challenges directors, cinematographers and filmmakers to think of color first rather than the more common approach of leaving color considerations until post-production.


Subtitles available: English

Modules

09m

In the first module of the course, Ollie introduces us to the concept of “Directing Color” as he begins to produce a commercial for a boutique catering company. He takes us through the process of how he developed a color palette for their brand which will be woven into the production design for the commercial, and explains how the relationships between colors can create compositional balance in your images.


Subtitles available: English

02m

Here, Ollie gives us a quick primer on how the Human Visual System affects our perception of color and why that means certain colors recede and others advance in our perception.


Subtitles available: English

09m

In this lesson, Ollie takes us through the process of building custom LUTs on set for monitoring. He shows how simple steps before rolling the camera can ensure everyone on set is connected with the image and able to see how the film’s look is developing in every frame.


Subtitles available: English

18m

With everything now set to record, Ollie focuses on how simple colour and contrast management in production can maximise the quality of your digital negative. From using probes to ensure camera monitors are calibrated, to using charts to ensure white balance and contrast are consistent across all cameras; Ollie shows us his top tips for in-camera color management.


Subtitles available: English

18m

With production wrapped on the commercial, Ollie brings us into the grading suite to discuss how contrast can be introduced in post-production to add depth. Ollie also shows us examples from ‘The Crown’ to reinforce this.


Subtitles available: English

09m

As we continue looking at post-production, Ollie shows how hue and saturation can be used to direct the viewer's eye in the frame. Using examples from ‘Blade Runner 2049’, Ollie demonstrates how this technique can be used most effectively in your films.


Subtitles available: English

14m

In the final lesson of the course Ollie delves into the most exciting part of color grading - conveying mood and eliciting emotion with color. He shows us how this is used so effectively in ‘Whiplash’, where color becomes a signifier to the emotional journey of the film’s protagonist.


Subtitles available: English

01m

This bonus module allows you to see the finished product of the "Ox & Origin" commercial from the course.


Subtitles available: English

About the Educator

Ollie Kenchington

Filmmaker, Editor, Colorist

2 Courses

Ollie's company, Korro Films, produces commercials, short films, documentaries and branded content for major international clients, with Ollie carrying out senior editor and colourist duties on every project. Ollie is an assured practitioner across all areas of filmmaking, giving him a deep understanding of the creative process which allows his agency to flourish in this competitive industry. Additionally he is an accomplished educator, and founder of Korro Academy.

Reviews

5
The course information is of great use even for a working professional.
Tihomir Lazarov
5
Greatly put together, filled with useful information and enjoyed watching all of these episodes. Course information was concise and well explained. Highly recommended.
Oggi Tomic
5
This "short" course already gave me a way better understanding of color usage in movies and what to look for in my own projects. I can totally recommend it! Looking forward to seeing the next ones.
Michael Wolff
5
So many golden nuggets of information packed into a short amount of time. Picked up so many tips and tricks that I can use throughout production from pre to post. Don't be put off by the beginner class, there's something for everyone in this course.
Timothy Tan
5
Very Interesting and information packed! Look forward to more from Ollie!
Andrew Maynard
5
Great, great course! Especially the chapter on color management is invaluable. I bought the color chart and started using it as Ollie teaches. Consistent colors across cameras is now a simple process. The color chart is my most important investment - after the camera ;-) Eagerly waiting for more stuff from Ollie!
Mark Hediger
5
Excellent work! Different levels of technical information delivered in understandable "language". Great use vivid descriptions... Look forward to watching the next series.
James De Mello
5
Love it. Learned a great deal about colour grading.
MZed User
5
Good
Greg M
5
Helped add some knowledge about using colour for character and themes, preparing colour palettes and drawing the attention to what you want people to focus on.
Paul Bishop
5
This is truly an inspirational course for me. I wanted to learn how to get better colour consistency when shooting weddings, as I always found grading them to be fiddly. This course has taught me a HUGE amount and I am so very grateful that I found it. More please!
Benjamin Bruton-Cox
5
A great blend of color theory and technical science designed to teach filmmakers to be intentional when making color choices on set and in post.
April Litton
5
Absolutely mind blowing... The best hour I have spent in a long time, and the amount of knowledge and insight has transformed my way of seeing light, color and storytelling.
Aurelien Tanguep
5
One may look at the brief running time of the course and think it's not worth it - but it's so packed with information, more than what many others try to teach in twice the amount of time. You jump right in, and it's non-stop information, presented clearly and professionally.
Daniel Brown
5
Excellent slice on the power of colour, how to see it, use it, and create meaning with it! Thanks
Kire Godal
5
Great intro in the world of relighting in post, grading and the fundamentals. Good examples.
Felix Gorbach
5
Nails it!
Spiro Angelatos
5
THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE OF THIS! And fast! Seriously... particularly the workflow-parts and with looking over his shoulder need to be expanded. The whole analysis and deconstruction bit (while interesting and useful) can also be seen elsewhere.
Rasim Prosic
5
It's a brief course, but well packed with grade A content, and one of the best introductions to the world of narrating with color. An eye opener!
Camilo Marulanda
5
My favorite Mzed class to date! Ollie delivered high quality beautiful video while packing it full of wisdom in a very short amount of time. He has a certain passion that is tangible, an enthusiasm that is rich, and was able to capture my full attention the entire class. I am left wanting more, and I am very much looking forward to his next course!
James Redlich
5
The course is perfect! Can’t wait to dive deep in color in the next part.
Ivan Abramov
5
Wonderful introduction to a very deep and powerful dimension of visual art. Ollie comes across as a patient, skilled, and competent teacher with a firm grasp of the technical aspects of cinematography and color correction while presenting it in easily digestible lessons. I highly recommend it for anyone starting out in photography, cinematography, color correction, or any other visually-related field.
Thomas Sireci
4.5
Great course. Need part 2. Awesome.
Dr. Mike Moriearty DC (ret.)
4.5
Got some understanding of color! Great!
ngo dup
4
I really enjoyed the delivery and insights the instructor had with the use of color to tell a story and the importants of thinking of color from the very begining of production.
James Donaldson
2
Practical pre-production tips (such as white-balancing) were helpful and nicely presented but the discussion of deconstructing color were not so much of substance. More of like general uninspiring talk. Expectations were high but unfortunately not met. Giving so much room for irrelevant subjects such as contrasty scenes of Crown film was not thoughtful for viewers. Color talk in the latter part of the course was really not highly educational.
Jarkko Kaura
2
All the course of mzed is keep talking and talking, no slide to list the important point where it is.
Honyeung Lau

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