Colour for Moving Image


When it comes to colour, a lot of what you see on screen is more “experienced” than seen. The language and subtext of colour is highly personal and subjective, yet also universal. Try and describe colour to anyone and you’ll quickly see we all do it very differently! Colour grading for motion pictures is a balancing act that occupies a broad, subjective, creative, yet technically exacting headspace.

Windmill Lane is internationally recognised as one of the leading colour grading facilities for feature film, TV and advertising content in Europe. Dave Hughes and Matt Branton head up Windmill Lane’s colour team and are highly regarded in their field having worked with some of the worlds best filmmakers, cinematographers and advertising agencies including: Jim Sheridan, Steven Soderbergh, Neil Jordan, Oliver Hirschbiegel, John Boorman, Liv Ullman, Mel Gibson, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Seamus McGarvey, Sean Bobbit, John Conroy, Mickhail Krichman,Y&R, Wieden & Kennedy, Grey London, BBH, Rothco, Boys & Girls, and many more

Through a series of in depth breakdowns and exemplary case studies, along with a thorough overview of the technology, creative approaches and the wisdom of experience, this masterclass aims to give deeper insight into the principles of colour grading, it’s power and effect and the processes behind all that is considered when one looks at colour for motion pictures.

  • Introduction to Colour Grading
  • Overview of the equipment
  • The technical process from original camera file to graded final picture
  • The role of colour correction in the storytelling process
  • Grading for cinema and television, and the differences in the disciplines
  • Corrective grading / Stylish grading
  • The creative and technical challenges with current and emerging technology
  • Working with VFX
  • What not to do

Admission: Free event | booking will be open one week before workshop starts

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Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes has over 20 years experience as a multi award winning colourist for film and TV having learned his craft in places such as Soho 601, ITK and Condor before joining Windmill Lane. Some of his key film credits include Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Leviathan, Albert Nobbs, Young Ones and more recently, the Margot Robbie produced Terminal, Jim Sheridan’s Secret Scripture and Neil Jordan’s forthcoming The Widow. He has worked on hundreds of advertising campaigns for big name brands such as Guinness, Ford, Stella, Vodafone and many more.

Matt Branton

Originally a news cameraman, Matt Branton joined Windmill in 2006. Some of Matt’s most recognisable grading work includes TV series such as Love/Hate, Vexed and Young Offenders, feature films Viva, Handsome Devil, Maze and The Siege of Jadotville along with commercials for Kelloggs, Heineken, AIB, and Virgin.