Color for VFX: Theory & Practice in a Nutshell

Aug.06, 2014

Color for VFX in New York City

Color for VFX is a presentation created by The Molecule CEO and Principal Chris Healer and has been vetted by many in the visual effects industry.

To a lot of us, color seems like an intangible, complicated part of our daily workflow. Over the years new steps have been introduced to the process, but they have never been publicly explained.

Chris has collected everything you need to know about color into one place, and he explains how to easily integrate it into your pipeline to make post-production smoother, cleaner, and more accurate.

The Main concepts of Color for VFX are Linear Space and the CDL workflow. The presentation outlines the ideal visual effects workflow from the RAW Camera Image to the finished product, and it pinpoints exactly where color information falls into an artist’s composition.

The feedback has been incredibly positive after Chris’s first three public events in New York City and Los Angeles. Each attendee has had their own “a-ha!” moment, and whether you’re a novice or an expert at color theory, a colorist or a compositor, you will take away something important that will help you better understand and execute your craft.

Color for VFX addresses the need for consistency in color between all of the different players in post-production. It develops a common language that everyone from 3D generalists to producers can all agree on. The result is that we are all able to do the work we love to the best of our ability and in a logical way, so that we can deliver a product of the highest quality.

Chris continues to publicly present Color for VFX. In the meantime the presentation is available to everyone and accessible online! Check it out by clicking this download link, and get your color game on. 

Chris Healer (The Molecule) and Michael Cioni (Light Iron) shake hands at the Color for VFX event in LA.

Insight to Digital Pipeline

May.06, 2014

This spring has gotten to a very busy start over here at The Molecule. While this means there will be a lot of updates in the coming months, at the moment our noses have been to our respective grindstones.

So! In the meantime, check out one of the things that have caught our attention lately..

Our good friends at Light Iron compiled an incredibly detailed breakdown of their workflow and pipeline, using Enders Game as an example. Enjoy!

Winter’s Tale In Theaters

Feb.14, 2014

It’s February 14th! Whether you have plans with your significant other or plans with a giant box of chocolate – we have just the thing.

Winter’s Tale arrives in theaters today. We here at The Molecule couldn’t have been prouder to have contributed to this epic film.

Congratulations to Akiva Goldsman, Richard Hollander, and the entire cast and crew!

VES Town Hall Tonight!

Oct.10, 2013

The Visual Effects Society of New York is holding a Town Hall-style meeting tonight at 7pm at SVA Theater.

This is awesome for many reasons. The setup of the meeting will be a conversation between audience members and panelists. There are some challenges facing our industry at the moment, and this is a great opportunity to speak openly about concerns, ideas, and solutions.

Andrew Bly, Molecule principal and VES secretary/treasurer explains:

“Unlike other town halls where topics are predetermined, we sent out a survey to the local vfx community to see what’s most important to everyone. We took that feedback to shape the topics discussed and to book panelists who are best suited to address those topics. This town hall was truly shaped by the vfx community to keep the conversation going forward on topics that matter most to them. ”

In other words this Town Hall is about you! Come and make your voice heard, and ask questions from the experts in the industry.

Plus, weather in NYC tonight is calling for monsoon-like conditions, so why not hang out with some of your best VFX buddies in a nice, cozy, and beautiful setting?

You don’t have to be a VES member to participate. Bring everyone!

 

Date: Tonight! 10/10/13

Time: 7pm

Location: SVA Theater, 333 W 23rd St.

NBC’s “The Blacklist”

Oct.07, 2013

We’re incredibly pumped for this fall on NBC. It features a new thriller called “The Blacklist” – a series with a very talented cast and crew, and more plot twists than you could shake a stick at. Every week we’ve been at the edge of our couches, but we’ve also been at the edge of our desk chairs making VFX to fit into this gripping storyline.

Last Monday’s episode was an action-packed adventure, centering on the criminal of the week – “The Freelancer.” Our crew was busy during the month leading up to this episode on our own coffee-packed adventure making CG helicopters, facial recognition software, and a homemade train crash, among other effects sprinkled throughout.

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