FAQ for TIG
Before you post an article to the TIG mailinglist, please read the following, thank you.
this FAQ has two parts: the first, Use of the TIG Mailinglist Archives and Wiki, the second gives advice on becoming a colorist and training options.
How to use the TiG effectively?
The TIG consists of two layers, to clarify:
The TIG Mailinglist --for maililnglist subscription
The TIG wiki --for content management, and as a portal.
Guide to TIG Etiquette that all subscribers to the TIG mailinglist should read.
Please note that many questions can be answered by SEARCHING the TIG archives
- Q) What exactly is telecine, and where can I learn more about it? A) First look at Wikipedia's entry on Telecine and then for more information read Dominic Case's book. Reviews of Dominic's book
- Q) What exactly is the Digital Intermediate process? A) see the Technical Discussions section or see Jack James' book on DI
- Q) Where can I find out more about effects-based color correction? A) read Jack James' book Fix It In Post
- Q) I want to ask who is the inventor of the CRT. A) post to the TIG mailinglist, after subscribing (see mailinglist link at left)
- Q) what are the rules for posting to the TIG? A) see the Guide to TIG etiquette
- Q) I want to upload my photos of the recent TIGer dinner. A) upload to Wiki, photo albums section (in navbar at left) and if you think enough people are using RSS by now, let it notify them of the new content. Otherwise inform everyone with a post to the TIG.
- Q) I want to advertise my upcoming demo and presentation of my product. A) Send your submission to rob [at] colorist.org who will then add it to the Commercial Announcements section.
- Q) The policy on advertising on the TIG seems vague. Can you be more precise? A) please see Notes on TIG Advertising as of February 2008 and the Guide to TIG etiquette
For Those Who Would Become Colorists
How to Become a Colorist
1) become an assistant to a colorist
2) take a course in color correction
3) there is no good substitute for #1
- answer: become an assistant to a good colorist.
- study closely your senior colorists, how they view/see the image, how they deal with/lull the client, how they use their hands on the desk (because in this industry speed is very important).
- learn the desk, this is only done properly by doing actual work, putting film up and 'playing around' jusy doesn't cut it. You need the extra pressure.
- Make friends with the engineers, they are your greatest allies. Telecine, being the can of worms that it is, is just too frustrating on your own, so being on the phone to them numerous times a day, requires common goals, a sense of humour and genuine friendship.
(thanks April Fryer for the above three comments)
what would you like to do as a colorist?
1) Digital Intermediate work
2) commercial work (which usually means extensive client contact, and telecine work)
3) a combination of the above
- answer: become an assistant to a good colorist at the facility that works mainly with your area of interest.
how do I become an assistant to good colorist?
1) make contacts. send your resume to every facility you can find.
2) make friends among your contacts. be persistent.
3) in Hollywood, Bollywood, London, and any other locale, it is whom you know that is important, so make friends in the facilities, and be persistent.