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Taking breaks while in DI (1 reply and 1 comment)

simon m
4 weeks ago
simon m 4 weeks ago

Dear Roger, I am wondering if you and your colorist take small breaks while in the DI suite? I'm realizing it's a lot like mixing a sound track, where I need to take frequent breaks and let the ears(and eyes) relax and reset. Is that something you do? How many hours a day are you in the DI suite?

Thanks so much.

Roger Deakins
4 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 4 weeks ago

We often work a 10 hour day with a short lunch break. What I do like is to have a long break, a couple of days, between finishing a pass and locking it. It is so easy to go down one path and then find you have gone so much further than you imagined. Its east to lose objectivity.

simon m
4 weeks ago

Yes exactly my experience. I found I had been incrementally bumping up the saturation and only after being away from it for an hour or so did I see what I'd done. Wow, 10 hours at a stretch is a lot. In sound recording it's the same, engineers will find they've slowly raised the level of each instrument bit by bit, and only catch it after a break. I actually found watching 10 minutes of a well filmed movie on Netflix or something really helped recalibrate my eyes. How do professional colorists do it?! Do they periodically stare at 18% grey cards or something?

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