UP.GRADE

THE FIRST LONG-TERM TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR COLOUR GRADING

In analogue film workflows, colour timing was the widespread but very limited process deployed to adjust a film’s look technically and creatively. Colour timers were generally film-lab employees. With the rise of electronic imaging, expensive film-to-video transfer equipment (telecine) offered a much wider range of image manipulation options and triggered a new wave of post-production visual design in the film world. Training on this equipment was only possible in large post-prod facilities, and involved spending years as an assistant in order to master the telecine process. The transition to computer-based digital colour grading systems offers broader access, but so far there has been no targeted long-term training for professionals in this specific field.

UP.GRADE will combine two central thematic poles throughout the programme, equipping young talents with both the practical skills and the creative mind-set needed to make powerful, innovative cinema. Future colourists must have a solid grasp of their craft and the technical tools; at the same time they must be conversant with colours, images and cinematic languages in narrative, content-based contexts, within the framework of a wide range of cultures and traditions.

 

ACQUIRE UNIQUE WORKING OPPORTUNITIES

After the course, the participants will have greater scope to work in a range of skilled positions in cinema and TV productions. The skills taught on the programme are also transferable to integration of digital imagery into theatrical productions, a growing cross-over market segment, as well as being highly relevant to digital film archiving. UP.GRADE alumni will be well-placed to develop strong artistic work in conjunction with directors and cinematographers; rather than simply providing technical know-how, the programme will equip participants to make a genuine creative cinematographic contribution to film productions.

 

BERLIN, THE MEDIA METROPOLIS: A PERFECT VENUE FOR UP.GRADE

DFFB has one of the most advanced post-production facilities to be found in a film school anywhere in the world. We aim to make good use of this incredibly fortunate situation in organizing this top-class postgraduate training programme.

Our partner ARRI is an international player, active around the globe, and plays a major role in independent filmmaking and studio production. Even more importantly, ARRI is involved in both ends of the film production process, providing cinematographers with cameras, lighting solutions and accessories on the set, and running highly efficient, state-of-the-art post-production facilities.

UP.GRADE is a German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) programme in conjunction with ARRI Germany, with support from Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg GmbH and Technicolor.

Marijeta Bucic

UP.GRADE - Project Coordinator