Conference 5–9 August 2012
Exhibition 7–9 August 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center

Cinematic Color: From Your Monitor to the Big Screen

Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 408A

Color affects many areas of the computer-graphics pipeline, From texture painting to lighting, rendering, compositing, image display, and the theater, handling color is a tricky problem. Tired of getting your images right on the monitor only to have them fall apart later on? This course presents the best practices used in modern visual-effects and animation-color pipelines, and how to adapt apply these concepts for home use.

The course begins with an introduction to color processing and its relationship to image fidelity, color reproducibility, and physical realism. Topics include: common misconceptions about linearity, gamma, and working with high-dynamic-range (HDR) color spaces. Pipeline examples from recent films by Sony Pictures Imageworks explain which color transforms were used and why. The course concludes with a brief discussion of recent developments in color standardization at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and how attendees can experiment with all of these concepts for free using open-source software.

Download Course Notes for Cinematic Color: From Your Monitor to the Big Screen


9 am
Color Science

9:30 am
Motion-Picture Color Management

10 am
Implementation, Examples, Q&A




Familiarity with computer-graphics fundamentals. Color-science background is not necessary.

Intended Audience

Artists and supervisors from large and small studios. Computer-graphics students and researchers.


Jeremy Selan
Sony Pictures Imageworks