[Tig] Grading 5d thoughts

Tom Rovak trovak at comcast.net
Mon Dec 9 03:38:52 GMT 2013

Well put Bob, and right on target. 

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Kertesz" <bob at bluescreen.com> 
To: "tig at colorist.org Group" <tig at colorist.org> 
Sent: Sunday, December 8, 2013 9:31:01 PM 
Subject: Re: [Tig] Grading 5d thoughts 

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>I don't see DSLR footage as much anymore, and hoping it was a passing fad, or possibly the humiliation just got to be too much. 

The though that you can embarrass a producer for insisting on using low end 
crap is a non-starter. I've been doing this for about four decades, and one of 
the things I've learned is that they don't understand the concept of 

>the feet on the ground challenge that I see is that there just doesn't seem to be as much care or understanding put into the camera work, set lighting, or cross-light consciousness. 

That's because once you're using a camera that anyone with a modest credit 
card limit can buy, the idea of paying experienced crew who know what they're 
doing flies right out the window. After all, if I'm buying the entire camera 
package for less than the cost of the zoom control and motor on a professional 
camera, why on earth would I pay a proper DP day rate, or hire expensive, 
professional support crew. This stuff shoots itself, right? 

I will never forget my first call for a 5D shoot, and the 12 year old producer 
snorting "You are aware that your day rate is almost half what the entire 
camera package cost, right?" I wished him good luck, told him to call me for 

I have exactly zero sympathy for people who expect pro results with amateur 
gear and inexperienced people. What I do have sympathy for is you guys and 
gals to whom they deliver the turd they've shot and expect you to polish to a 
glossy finish. 

>From the production side of the trench... 


Bob Kertesz 
BlueScreen LLC 
Hollywood, California 
bob at bluescreen.com 

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