Simon Walker is an Adobe Certified Master Trainer, and trains industry professionals in the full range of Adobe Creative Cloud video tools. More info about Simon...





Visual Storytelling at eDIT festival

I am off to the eDIT Film Makers festival in Frankfurt next week to give a presentation and to sit on a discussion panel. I'll be talking about visual storytelling and how to achieve the perfect look for your film, short or commercial using colour grading techniques.
"Colourist and trainer Simon Walker, will explore how colour grading techniques are used in film, and will provide practical demonstrations how to create moods, suggest genres, and to inform the audience of the motivations of on-screen protagonists without using dialogue."
It's a great festival with loads of interesting people and speakers attending so follow the link to see more:

Colour Correction and Grading Sessions October 2011

I'll be talking about colour correction and grading specifically for DSLRs using Adobe Premiere Pro and Magic Bullet Suite, here's the blurb:
Colourist and Adobe Certified Instructor Simon Walker will show how Red Giant's DSLR short film 'Plot Device' was graded, and will demonstrate how to create different genre 'looks' using primary and secondary colour corrections using Adobe Premiere Pro and the Magic Bullet Suite of plug-ins.
He'll also be showing how to create different filmic treatments with colour correction, demonstrating techniques to use when grading DSLR footage and will cover practical Premiere Pro tips for FCP switchers.  
And here's Seth Worley's innovative short film Plot Device, shot using DSLRs on a minimal budget, and which now has almost 700,000 views on Vimeo:


A young filmmaker obtains a mysterious device that unleashes the full force of cinema on his front lawn.


Tutorial | Working with Looks Presets in Magic Bullet Looks 2

Here's a new tutorial I've just finsihed for Red Giant, which shows how to use the presets in their flagship grading software Magic Bullet Looks.

For the update to version 2, Red Giant asked me to design new presets and to reconfigure the existing ones, so here's the video of what's new, what's changed, and how to use them, as well as some extra info if you're working in Lion (OSX 10.7)

Red Giant TV Episode 61: Working with Looks Presets in Magic Bullet Looks 2 from Red Giant on Vimeo.

In this episode, Simon Walker will go over the presets in Looks 2, giving you tips and techniques for getting the most out of them, while working faster. He’ll also look at some of the new features in Magic Bullet Looks 2 for getting better results.



Internet Film-making: London, Sept 2011

Planning - Shooting - Editing - Post Production - Encoding - Uploading
I'm running the next Internet Film-making course on 27, 28 & 29 September 2011 in London: more info over on the Ravensbourne website
Do you need to shoot and edit footage specifically for the internet and for mobile devices? This course will teach you the process of scripting, shooting, editing and uploading of video for viewing/distributing on-line. We'll cover basics and touch upon the more advanced features of shooting on Sony EX1/3 cameras, editing in Premiere Pro and outputting and uploading for the internet.
And since I'm both a Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro trainer, I'll be providing some tips and tricks for switching, if you're making the move from FCP to PPro.
"Thanks again for a great course – probably the most informative, comprehensive one I’ve ever taken!"
 Dani Barry, TV Production Manager



Free training! Red Giant and Adobe evening seminar in London 7th Sept 2011

I'll be one of the speakers at the Post Production Magic event in London on the evening of 7th Sept. It'll be a really fun and interesting evening, showing the sort of magic you can conjure up on the After Effects and Premiere Pro timelines! 

Here's the link to reserve a space, and some more info about the evening:

Post Production Magic - Join Red Giant for an evening of inspiration

When a group of amazing animators get hold of a projection system, you’re either going to get an evening of inspiration or a cheeky light bulb joke. Post Production Magic is your event for awe-inspiring work by After Effects gurus Angie Taylor, Simon Cam of SuperGlue, Ernesto Rogata of BSkyB and colourist and trainer Simon Walker.

These artists show you how popular Red Giant tools like Magic Bullet Suite and Trapcode Particular and Trapcode Form open up big creativity on a small budget. Experience the best of design, animation, colour grading and visual effects created in After Effects and Premiere Pro, along with a networking and cocktail hour. Hosted by Red Giant and co-hosted by Adobe Systems, the event will be held at state-of-the-art Ravensbourne in London.

Here's the fantastic Toyota spot that Simon Cam of Superglue will be talking about, especially how After Effects, Trapcode Form and Particular were used to create the effects.

Toyota Auris 'Get Your Energy Back' 3D Projection Mapping from wearesuperglue on Vimeo.



Moving from Color to Colorista II

Moving from Color to Colorista II from Red Giant on Vimeo.

Here's is a video I recorded for Red Gaint, showing how you might use Colorista II to do some of the grading you were doing in FCP7 and Color, if you're switching to Premiere Pro.

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