For this installment of LA Colorist meetup we have invited

'The color of ACT' by MARK TODD OSBORNE - Senior Colorist and a founder of MTO Color inc.

Having recently finished 'The Act' on Hulu that got nominated for 2 Emmy's, we thought it would be appropriate for Mark to give us a talk about the color process and discuss his approach and general philosophies on color workflow.

Mark is known as a “Premium” Colorist and has strong relationships with several Post Facilities in the Los Angeles area and abroad. In 2015, he created his own Post Finishing company MTO Color inc. delivering top-shelf color to many independent feature films that have gone on to win accolades at various film festivals. MTO Color provides grading & post finishing services for television & commercial branded content. Before all this, Mark spent nearly 12 years as a Senior Colorist at Company 3, Santa Monica.


This seminar presents fundamental color science concepts for color reproduction. We will trace the evolution of a spectral fingerprint of color throughout the entire pathway of a photographic workflow and explore what can and cannot be done in post color processing. We will also explore how common LED lighting instrument spectral fingerprints impact color workflows.

Tim works as a cinematographer for the motion picture industry in Los Angeles and New York. He trained at AFI and since then shoots documentaries, shorts, features, commercials, and new media content. He also serves as cinematography and color engineer for Quasar Science, a motion picture LED technology and logistics company, and as chair of the newly formed Lighting Committee for the ASC's Motion Imaging Technology Council.

Tim also has a biomedical engineering degree from Johns Hopkins University and 8 years experience in biomedical research. This combined training in filmmaking and science has informed his current roles at Quasar Science and at the ASC MITC. Both roles have provided a platform for research and advancement for successful use of LED and other emerging solid-state lighting technologies as illuminants for the motion picture color workflow.


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