Conversation with Filmmaker and Colorist Ollie Kenchington
by Alan Winslow – October 9th, 2018
Today we sit down with Ollie Kenchington owner and lead colorist at Korro Films. Ollie is not only a colorist but an experienced and sought-after filmmaker, educator and editor. X-Rite was fortunate enough to have him produce our ColorChecker XL promotional video that you can check out below.
After the shoot, we here at X-Rite wanted to know just what goes into producing a large scale production? So we sat down with Ollie to find out.
Here is what he had to say:
It’s pretty straightforward, and interestingly I very much think it doesn’t matter about the size of the production. The process I use scales perfectly. For me the visual I always use is a study that was talking about how if you put a rat in a maze it will learn its way out in time. They will follow the same process which is — keep making wrong decisions, and eventually, make the right ones and memorize it.
It is like, “How do they do it?” Well, the rats make a lot of wrong decisions very quickly and repeat the maze quickly. I think it is an excellent analogy because there is no right or wrong way of doing production. There is the best way, and often you will end up in that situation if you have long enough to make enough wrong decisions.
Also, I do feel like winging it is an undervalued, an underre ported aspect of all disciplines, particularly filmmaking. I don’t think it’s a bad thing. You walk into situations that are beyond your control, you’ve set up certain things, and you are trusting your experience and gut instincts as a creative. As the years go by, you get better at doing that. They say, once you know the rules, you can break them, I think it is this tremendous amount of merit in that. We’re never going to have time to get our producers to nail down a very specific shortlist , time is against us.
So yeah, I mean, there’s no magic recipe, and it’s just bumbling along, trying to get something to look good. And of course, keeping the client happy.
Later we asked Ollie what he thought of the new ColorChecker Video XL:
I’ve always preferred using the larger charts. Typically, we do an awful lot of interviews. So I found that large charts are perfect, particularly for interviews with mid, shot, or medium close-ups we hold one of those charts up against someones face, and it’s perfect. They’re beautiful and clear in the frame and easy to work with.
The X-Rite ColorChecker Video XL is also perfect for drone shoots and is ideal for long lens shots that are further away.
Finally, I literary love the fact that it is low tech solution for a modern-day problem, accurate representation of colors in the world around us; color consistency, color management, etc. I love that is so low tech, and think that it’s nice to have something that you can rely on that doesn’t rely on batteries and that I can slip down the side of my messenger bag.
So I think it’s I think it’s perfect and it addresses a need in the market.
We want to thank Ollie for his time and insights today. Make sure to check out the new video and all of Ollie’s other work on his website.
Ollie is also offering a new course on color grading that you can purchase on MZed.com. Keep reading the X-Rite Photo Blog for your opportunity to get this great course FREE with purchase of selected X-Rite solutions. Coming SOON!
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