Being Unique, Just Like Everybody Else

While majoring in University, someone once asked me if I’d rather be a jack-of-all-trades or a specialist in something. We were at a point where graduation was just a hop skip and a jump away, that we needed to start thinking seriously and decide on what path to take. I don’t remember what my answer was, but I’m realizing that in today’s world, you’ve somehow got to be both, a specialist who can also do everything else (if that makes any sense at all).

Two years ago, I had considered myself lucky to get into this digital coloring business. Because, one, it required access to very expensive tools which meant, only a handful of people could get access to it. Which also meant that there are only as many people as there are machines, so therefore, two, less competition to deal with. I foresaw a good stable career (for 5 or so years at least).

What I did not consider, however, was how fast technology would grow. Gone are the days when you’d need apprenticeships to be someone. Now, training and apprenticeships are just options. If you wanted to be someone, and you can become ANYONE, you’d only need to go online. Everything you need, at your fingertips, literally. Say, you wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Youtube. If you wanted to learn how to paint, there are online tutorials and online shops for your tools. What about those online “colleges” where you can acquire diplomas?

So, what about coloring? With the recent release of more accessible tools, what was once monopolized by a minority is now being democratized. “The Democratization of the Colorist”, as Patrick Inhofer puts it. After reading his article, What’s Your Specialty? Career Advice to Keep You Earning, it occurred to me that my specialized profession required more specialization to have an edge in the growing competition. I panicked. What has happened to the Photographer when DSLRs broke out is now slowly happening to the Colorist.

Now, how on earth am I going to compete with everyone else who’s coming in, most of whom are probably cheaper to hire? Will my two years count for something? Would it be enough to be hired at my price? Or would they rather get the cheaper colorist? Let’s face it, everyone’s a cheapskate in today’s world. Not that I’m struggling to find gigs at the moment; I am full-time in my company, after all. But, it’s something to think about, right? Though, I’m still a firm believer that experience is the best teacher.

Whether a veteran or noob, a colorist or something else, Mr. Inhofer’s article is a good read. I highly recommend having a look at it. Just to make you think. What’s there to lose?



Victory // Resolve 8

Director: Mark Querubin

The new Resolve 8 will be coming out soon! They said it has big updates that include a multilayer timeline! Thank you! I’m looking forward to the new features! I hope they come out with Blend Modes next!

Juana Change // Women’s Day

graded with the Nucoda Film Master
Directed by Mark Querubin

I graded this a while back with our old machine. But that’s not really what I want to focus on for this post.

Today is International Women’s Day! It’s been a long time since we, women, have started stepping up for equality of the sexes. Some may say that there IS equality already, but others may still argue otherwise. Nonetheless, we have come a long way, from simply wanting (and acquiring) the right to vote, to being leaders and movers of society.

Of course, society has HUNDREDS of issues, still. One major issue here, in the Philippines, being reviewed, critiqued, discussed, argued, debated, protested, etc… would be the RH bill. This is a great issue because

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Resolve vs. Film Master

Da Vinci Resolve vs. Digital Vision Nucoda Film Master

Since Blackmagic Design came out with their Da Vinci Resolve, a grading machine WAY cheaper than Digital Vision’s Nucoda Film Master, there have been a lot of discussions about which is a better machine. I’ve worked with both. Granted, it was an old (and I mean, OLD) version of the Film Master that I used. I find the two machines to be extremely different from each other, but neither is better than the other. I believe each has its own particular forte, and depending on what kind of work I’m going to do, that I’d prefer one machine over the other.

What I’ve listed here aren’t the only features of the machines. That’d be too long a list to write about. These are just most of the features I often use for my projects.

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Speaking Colorist

Since coloring is a specialized line of work, and practically nobody knows you exist outside of your industry, sometimes there’s sort of a language barrier between you and your director/client.

There’s nothing more frustrating, in any kind of work, than miscommunications and misunderstandings. I’d rather have a picky client rather than one who doesn’t know what s/he wants. It’s still our job, as professionals, of course, to translate what they want into our work. But, it helps if they have at least a little knowledge of our “language” and what exactly we are capable of doing. I once had a client who requested me to put in some text, I think he confused me with the editor…

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