I find the price a bit steep for what it is. I know production usually pays for the QC but individuals in post often can't recoup this or charge for it because we aren't allowed to be the QC house by the distributor. It would be way better if it was a per scan charge for me, or about half as much for something that gives you the broad strokes.
I also wanted to add that his method of determining how the film was lifted has a few flaws. How is he capturing that content? Any chance the blu ray he's ripping this off isn't giving him an accurate image? How is he sure he's grabbing it at the right color space/gamma? This technically could be just as much the fault of whoever authors these Blu rays and his capture method. I also agree that his 'color correction' definitely did not look better.
I think it's a really interesting story in terms of release. Totally worthwhile and I think NFS not doing an article on one of the most controversial documentary filmmakers doing a surprise release would be weird.
I actually think Blackmagic has one of the most thorough documents I have seen on this. They update it regularly too. You might not like the price point but with the new GTX 1080s you can get by with a little less these days. http://documents.blackmagicdesign.com/DaVinciResolve/20160726-118da9/DaV...
I think another good point to add to what has already brought up was whether you had a clean timeline and didn't create a ton of extra work for them. I haven't always charged for the headache but more and more I'm preparing people for the possibility of being charged when they hand me a mess of a project and just expect it fixed and dealt with. It should cut down on the amount of time you get for the actual creative work just like anything else would if you were not prepared. Was it a 4K output as well? I charge more for that.
Really impossible to say if you got ripped off without seeing the project and what expectations were set at the time. Also, that's less of a rip off two years ago than today as color grading becomes more available.
Way too expensive. I swear this is more than last year when I looked at it. There's no way an independent film would pay enough to justify those prices and my clients usually just end up going with a 'professional' solution that usually ends up being straight from Media Encoder or cutedcp. I want a good solution out of resolve but I can't justify a plugin that's 4 times as much as the software I run it on.