May 4, 2016 at 7:06PM
Did a colorist rip me off?
About 2 years ago I was shooting a short film, or better to say, was testing the gear and practicing. Around that time my friend showed me a video which one production company made for his birthday. So when I finished my little film (6 mins) I decided my coloring skills just weren't there for a flat profile picture so I decided to call the production company which handled my friend's bday video.
So I basically asked them just to professionally grade my already edited and ready 6 min film, for which they charged me almost $1,500.
I don't know the prices, but I certainly know, having obtained some experience now, that what they did was basically throw in a rec.709 lut. I didn't even like it back then, but I thought they did some magic I couldn't do.
Now to make it clear, the footage was shot on my friend's RED and it was actually shot in a perfectly lit studio place and outdoor on a sunny day (my friend was working on real TV commercial so I had all these possibilities).
Basically, was I ripped off by the people at the production company?
Although, if anybody knows the prices, what are the price ranges? At what price do I begin getting diminishing returns, a.k.a. after what price the improvement in color grading becomes less visible with the rising price.
And actually, where to find good colorists?
Would love to hear your experiences.