Ch. 3: Talk on Tones

Very excited to have this pro crew for Talk on Tones!

Listen into the first half of the conversation as we talk with DoP John Simmons ASC, Gaffer Mazi Mitchel 728, and Andrea Chlebak Senior Colorist. In this chapter, we go deep into what is happening in the color grade when digital cinematography is insufficient, and how that results on darker skin tones in frame.

"You have to light to get dark." - Sarah Thomas Moffat, DoP.

Produced by DoP Sarah Thomas Moffat, DoP Evans Brown, co-founder of Quasar Science, & the Quasar Alchemy Team. The purpose of “Talk on Tones” is to expand the knowledge of lighting various skin tones. Rooted in cinematography, this series includes voices from actors, directors, DoPs, gaffers, makeup artists, colourists, and more.

The goal is to expand the craft of cinematography to better represent all skin tones. From digital content to large format, documentary to narrative, this series provides insight that will uplift the images of tomorrow while also embracing the human experience that sometimes goes unnoticed in the demands of time vs product.

Throughout this process of education, the hope is to evolve the broader discussion of inclusivity, and representation on screen. Listening to personal experiences of working professionals who come from diverse groups will help educate what informs story telling choices and why it matters.

Together, we hope to expand vital knowledge so we might see each other in better light, both on screen and behind the camera.

Chapter 3 features:

  • John Simmons ASC - DoP, Co-Vice President of the ASC, Co-Chair of the ASC Vision Committee - USA, LA
  • Don Mazi Mitchell - Gaffer, Local 728, Local 728 Diversity Committee Member, USA, LA
  • Andrea Chlebak - Senior Colorist, USA, LA

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