Ian Vertovec is Supervising Colorist at Light Iron, which he co-founded, a Panavision company specialized in dailies, digital intermediate, archival, and data services for projects originated on file-based motion cameras.
January 16, 2018
Ian has colored major films “The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and “Gone Girl.” And more recently, he has colored the TV shows “Baskets” for FX and “Glow” on Netflix.
Originally from Chicago, Ian focused on photography, then moved on to digital compositing. He later co-founded two post facilities in Los Angeles: Plaster City, then Light Iron. Out of necessity, he moved on to color at his company. He found his combination of photography and compositing matched perfectly for a career as a colorist.
In this podcast, we talk about:
- Coloring David Fincher films and working with extremely dark images
- The challenges of working on VFX heavy projects
- Making HDR look both cinematic and realistic
- Advantages of working with high-end systems like Quantel Pablo
- The difference between working on TV and films
- How experience with compositing served him as a colorist
- Bringing life to images using texture
- Using film emulation LUTs in his workflow
- Comparing different cameras as a colorist
- Using ACES in a color managed workflow
- Keeping grades simple, clean, and efficient
Tech Media Planet: The Social Network
December 6, 2010
Tech Media Planet
Colorist Ian Vertovec from Light Iron Digital takes us through the ins and outs of color grading one of this year’s biggest hit films “The Social Network”.
Dolby: Ian Vertovec and Michael Cioni, from Light Iron
September 2, 2011
Thanks to Joe Frady
DXL Channel (vimeo)
December 20, 2017
Presented live at Camerimage 2017, this provocative presentation examines the psychology, physiology, and physical relationships between resolution and sharpness. Panavision and Light Iron experts Michael Cioni, Dan Sasaki, and Ian Vertovec present a fresh perspective on how the pursuit of cinematic smoothness is tied to the race for resolution.