Gary Coates is a Media Color Guru!

Last Wednesday night I had the pleasure of participating in a 2 hour motion picture color finishing workshop with the graciously talented Colorflow Post Senior Colorist Gary Coates. He shared with us many useful tips and tools to help us enhance our films using in Final Cut Pro’s color effects. Even though he gave us a great presentation, there were a few sections that were just way too advanced for me to comprehend, but here are some notes I was able to jot down.

  1. Make sure to balance your RGBs first. The important rule with this is to remember that you only need to adjust your colors by a few increments. 5 points can go a long way.
  2. Next do your gamma correction. .85 is the default.
  3. Use the 3-way color correction next to get it to the color you desire.
  4. Don’t forget to utilize your mattes and utilities. Just don’t over use them, or use them poorly. Those would be:

My favorite tip of the night, was when he showed us 5D & 7D users that if we Desaturation our color by 20% it’ll look closer to film. He also highly recommends Black Magic’s Davinci Resolve. He compared it to eating at 5 star restaurant =)

check out his recent work.


Don’t believe in Ghosts will be in Summertime Memories!

We have obtained full permission to use Joe Jack Talcum of the Dead Milkmen’s song “Don’t Believe in Ghosts” in our film! We have a grand number of musical collabarators on this one. Hold on to your underware folks, this one’s going to be a dozzy!

Before Tigers has yet another collaborator!

Congratz to us, our film has teamed up with the hip London based clothing company Kokontozai. Their designers will be putting together a collection of coutfits for this film. We are very excited and very honored to have them on board… but just wait, you still haven’t seen anything yet!

See the band that has their music in our film live this weekend!!

Their music will be featured in our film Life in Plastic.

Grew out of the collaborative and vibrant music scene in Tucson, AZ, where the desert heat melts styles and genres together in creative ways. Voted Tucson’s best electronic band for five years running, …music video? strives to blur the line that separates noise from pop. Songwriter/keyboardist Paul Jenkins, producer Wes McCanse and multi-instrumentalist J. Lugo Miller blend melodies with electronic beats, controlled chaos, and the best of countless genres. They have self-released two critically-acclaimed albums (2004’s Fireproof Your TV, and 2007’s Now That My TV Has Wings I’ll Never Be Lonely), been a featured band on NPR, and performed an official showcase at the 2009 SXSW festival.