Color Grading Academy
For Color Finale

Color Grading That's A Class Above | taught by Denver Riddle
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Allen Smithee

THE Class that Changed EVERYTHING

I was lucky enough for this course to happen upon me. There was a color theory that I thought I knew, and the method I had no clue how to go about. This course solved everything. I am now more confident with my skills as a filmmaker, and with a...

Tom Som

Best Grading Course

I'm glad I found Denver. His Color Finale and the this training course is what I've been waiting for. Everything is so clear. Thanks for your hard works.

Daniela Donato

master class color finale

Troppo bello!!! Traslation from Italian: too cool!!!

Allen Smithee

I was lucky enough for this course to happen upon me. There was a color theory that I thought I knew, and the method I had no clue how to go about. This course solved everything. I am now more confident with my skills as a filmmaker, and with a...

Tom Som

I'm glad I found Denver. His Color Finale and the this training course is what I've been waiting for. Everything is so clear. Thanks for your hard works.

Daniela Donato

Troppo bello!!! Traslation from Italian: too cool!!!


Denver Riddle has done a great job, again, I have to add. I haven't finished the course yet, it may take me a year to study it. But from what I just downloaded, BTW, it is over 30GB (including tutorial videos and exercise videos, and I skipped so...

Dave Donnellan

I'd highly recommend this course. It's not only a fascinating masterclass in Colour Grading, it's also a masterclass in how to give a tutorial in Colour Grading. Thanks Denver. Dave

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Mathew Wright

I am blown away by the Color Finale Color Grading Masterclass. Although much of this information is available online in both the CGC tutorials and elsewhere having everything in one place makes learning color grading so much more efficient and pra...

Daniel Julianson

Marc Heinzelmann

Setup This course uses a professional state-of-the-art platform which I find very easy to use and to understand, allowing for handy personal adjustments like speed and quality while performing quite responsively. It provides an integrated discus...

Denver Riddle
Denver Riddle

About the instructor

Hi I’m Denver.  Yeah I know like the city and no I wasn’t born or conceived there :P  In high school I borrowed my grandmother’s digital camcorder (the first "MiniDV" camera to the market which technically belonged to the university where she taught) and made extreme sports videos with my friends… luckily we returned it in one piece… She still doesn’t know what exactly I was using it for, shhh our little secret ;)

From that moment forward I knew that I was destined to create things with video to either capture experiences or tell powerful stories.  When I discovered color grading I felt like it was a powerful extension of what I was capturing on camera.  A way to enhance the story and one of the keys to making it look like a big Hollywood production.

And so I decided to pursue a career as a colorist but quickly found there weren’t many resources or many people willing to help.  It seemed like it was some sort of elitist club where you had pay your dues as an ‘assistant’ for a decade before you got a crack at the big fancy control surface.

Well the good news is that isn’t the only way to do it and I did NOT do it that way.  I learned that armed with the right techniques and some practice it can really go a long ways and where it took me years to discover some of the techniques you can start learning them today!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with various clients and fortune 500 companies, from national commercial spots to feature films, from the U.S. Ski Team to Facebook and Instagram.  I've been able to help thousands enjoy what I love and you can trust my experience and my commitment to hold nothing back.

Do something great today and create what you love!

Why Can't I Color Grade Like That?

Chances are you're either a filmmaker or an editor and you handle all of you're own color grading inside of Final Cut Pro X (the buck stops with you). But you might be feeling frustrated when you're not getting the results that you're looking for. You may feel overwhelmed with the tools in Color Finale or you may even watch a film or project and say to yourself, "Why can't I grade like that?"

Well I know how you feel and I've been there. In fact I remember the day years ago that my boss told me my grading was either "too extreme" or "looked muddy." He then assigned the project to somebody else! This was a major blow to my creative ego and to say it made me feel inadequate is an understatement.

Well the good news is color grading is my obsession and so I didn't want to give up. Through years of practice and study I was able to discover the groundbreaking techniques that top colorists from around the world use. Techniques that I used when grading commercials for big brands like Facebook and on films with theatrical releases.

Take. Action.

Imagine for a moment what it would feel like knowing that you're getting the most cinematic look from your camera. How it would feel to be complimented on the style of your work. What would it mean to stand out from your competitors who are likely not even thinking of color grading or very good at it? And how would it feel to land a big project with a major client? You can do it and I'm here to help you.

Step-By-Step Mentoring

What if you were only one technique or tutorial away from getting the results you're looking for in Color Finale? What if there was someone willing to mentor you every step of the way? Someone willing to open up and share their top grading techniques and share with you how color theory can have an impact on your grading.

The Color Grading Masterclass for Color Finale is 6 months in the making. Yes you heard that right, 6 months to ensure that all the basics, virtually every question is covered and no stone left unturned. We have surveyed extensively and have received feedback from our members so that we know all the key points to cover.

I have a keen interest in helping you to see results in your color grading. We have thousands of satisfied members but what I'm interested in where you're currently at, the struggles you're currently going through and helping you get to the finish line. When you feel confident in your abilities and you celebrate your success is when I'll celebrate. Feel free to peruse the masterclass curriculum and I'm always one email away if you have a question or need some feedback.

What You Get

  • A step-by-step color grading training program
  • Opportunities to ask questions and get answers from me
  • Nearly 70 in-depth training titles
  • Exercise files so you can download and follow along with
  • A  proper color grading workflow
  • Easy to follow system for matching multiple cameras and shots in a scene
  • Strategies to help you work more quickly and efficiently
  • In-depth series on getting proper and natural looking skin tones
  • In-depth color theory series so you can create "looks" that aid the story
  • Breakdown series on creating the looks of popular feature films
  • A certificate of completion upon completing the masterclass

Our Clients Include

What Students Are Saying

"With Color Grading Central the sky really is the limit. I continue to use it to take my images to the next level and the next level after that. Personally I can't imagine where I would be had I not found this valuable valuable resource."
~ Brett Lyon/Filmmaker

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the training live? how is the training administered?
The training consists of pre-recorded online tutorials that are well produced with densely packed material that stays on message and drives straight to the point. We have Disqus enabled discussions so you can interact with myself and other students but you are free to proceed at your own pace.

How long will I have access to the training?
When signing up for the masterclass, you'll have LIFETIME ACCESS to the content and you're free to take the course at your own pace. There are no beginning or ending dates.

Are the tutorials downloadable?
Yes each title has a download option.

Will you be adding more content or what happens when a new version of Color Finale comes out?
We are always on the look out to add new relevant content and are committed to updating the tutorials to the latest significant Color Finale version.

30 Creative Look LUTs

You can't even buy these any longer and when they were for sale for a brief time in March of 2016 they sold for $199. When you enroll in the masterclass you get them as an exclusive FREE bonus!

Experience a whole new set of "looks" to elevate your grading style and attract clients to your brand. ASCEND LUTs are 30 creative "looks" to help you tell better stories including your own. Sourced from the same experience and expertise I used when working with the Instagram team on the video filters in the Instagram app I'm now opening up my personal Colorist library to you as a filmmaker and Colorist.

Designed with careful attention to skin tones and to work in as many situations as possible (within a given context), these aren't cheap color casts or tints that will muddy up your image like other creative LUTs out there. With ASCEND LUTs you will experience the creative difference in pleasing color contrasts and color harmonies. ASCEND will help in better conveying the emotion in the story or setting up a particular genre. e.g. 1970's, SciFi/Thriller, Fashion etc.

I'm pleased to make these available to you and look forward to seeing better engagement in your videos with more 'likes', 'comments' and other opportunities that abound :)

You’re protected by the BEST GUARANTEE EVER. You have 30 days to check it out go through the masterclass and if by the end of that time you decide it’s not for you let me know and I’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked. You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Course Contents

74 Videos
2 Texts
23 Disqus

Course Curriculum

Module 4