Short course



ScreenSkills Digital Effects: VFX, Graphics and Titles Training in association with NFTS Scotland

This training programme is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions. ScreenSkills is the industry-led body for the UK’s screen industries.

In person delivery, subject to government guidelines allowing, with COVID-19 protocols in place
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This five-day film school craft course introduces participants to the theory and craft of colour correction and grading and how to achieve professional results for film and TV footage using industry standard workflows today.

Using DaVinci Resolve, participants will also master the process of importing footage and grading to exporting and rendering, as well as receive industry advice about progressing as a professional colorist.

The course covers:
A guide to some of the more advanced features of DaVinci Resolve
Colourtrace, CDL and dailies workflows
Look Up Tables (LUT’s) their use and creation
Conforming made easy. Avid AAF round tripping
A detailed guide to the Academy Colour Encoding System (ACES) colour encoding system
This will include its use with Resolve, Nucoda and Baselight. Its use in a VFX environment will also be covered.  
A practical guide to the emulation of film (both black and white and colour). Will include the use of Film Convert (a really nice plugin for Resolve).  
A practical guide to restoration - grading and improving archive material. 
An introduction to the various different flavours of HDR and how to handle them
Demonstration of Nucoda Academy with details of how to obtain software
Details of Baselight Student with download details. 

This course is suitable for participants interested in a career in post-production, visual and/or digital effects, or are at an early stage in their post-production career.
Operational knowledge of DaVinci Resolve (basic level) is required.

To acquire this, you may be interested in our  DaVinci Resolve course.

On completion of the course the student should have a good general knowledge of modern colour grading and the three systems currently in use.

The student will learn techniques to make their grading stand out from the crowd. They will also acquire a knowledge of current trends in grading such as HDR, the ACES system and some of the more common grading workflows in use. 

About the tutor
Chris Packman joined the BBC in 1980 aged 18. He graded his first major drama “The Insurance Man” with director Richard Eyre in 1985. Between then and leaving the BBC in September 2012 he worked on many different programmes from all genres including:- “Jonathan Creek”, “The Football Millionaire’s”, “Serious Jungle”, “Last of the Summer Wine”, “The Cut”, “Oceans”, “Arena”, “Casualty” and “Our Friends in the North”. He was nominated for a BAFA award by the BBC in 1999 for his work on the dramas “David Copperfield” and “Wives and Daughters”. In 2008 he was again nominated for a BAFTA and RTS award for his work on the drama “Criminal Justice”. After leaving he returned to Television Centre in February 2013 to grade what was probably the last ever drama to be graded at the site the pilot episode for the series “Our Girl”. Since leaving the BBC to work as a freelance colourist Chris has mostly been working at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield as a tutor teaching grading and post-production. He has had a long association with the grading of “EastEnders” and in 2016-17 graded 300 episodes of the soap. In 2019 he completed the grading of series 2 of “Britain’s Biggest Warship” with Timeline Television in Soho. Recently he has been involved with Blistek Ltd working as a consultant colourist on updating the Digital Vision Nucoda. 

About ScreenSkills
ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children’s and high-end, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to build an inclusive workforce with the skills needed for continued success, now and in the future.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £250

As this course fee is supported by ScreenSkills, additional bursaries are not available for this course. 


How to apply

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Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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