A lot of color grading courses emerged lately and of course there is a lot to learn from them. But one of the main things about grading courses is that they're meeting places where people share info, skill and have a good time. For me, as well as for others, attending such events is like a mouth of fresh air; you get to discuss out loud all the things that you can't talk about with your regular buddies. Also, the most subtle and valuable takeaways for me as a colorist were those acquired while watching other professionals work and getting a sense of what they're after, what they're looking at and how they're achieving that. Another thing I noticed is that international gatherings lose the 'competing factor', so people are more open to sharing. So I figured why not do a training course without the trainer? Just building the context for people to meet and discuss on previously defined topics and then take the discussions further at a beer or two; or while doing some sightseeing. I would be more than happy to host the meeting at my studio in Central Bucharest (so coffee and snacks are on me) and help all those interested with moving around / accommodation or any kind of local help and info. Bucharest is nice, reasonably priced and easy to reach from almost any part of the world. We're all busy individuals so I think doing it on a prolonged weekend would be best (like from Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Sunday, depending on the topics priorly agreed upon). Considering the stakes of the event and the logistical needs, I think having somewhere around 7 people would be best. I wouldn't like to make this an ABC course, but rather one aiming at working, professional colorists willing to debate their vision about the craft. So what I currently envision is everyone having their turn at the grading desk during every topic. Please PM me if you're interested and I'll do my best to build it from there, taking into account everyone's availability and their interests. Here's a preliminary list of topics that first crossed my mind: - To LUT or not to LUT? Advantages and disadvantages of using LUTs. Order of operations. Film emulation LUTs. - Video vs film tools and workflows - LUT math - Working in ACES, tools to be used - Look creation - clean commercial look, warm commercial look, skintone, beauty work, orange & teal, DFN, sharpening, NR and grain adding techniques - Movie section - how to achieve that look - Grading session management - starting the grade, setting client expectations, offering versions, discussing mood and tone, node/layer management, overall grade/look management, project management / the business side of things. Looking forward to hearing from you guys.