I interviewed Brian De Herrera-Schnering, a colorist for Pinto Pictures who has flexed his color-grading muscles on everything from commercials and corporate projects to feature-length films. We talked about what has changed due to the pandemic, what remains the same in every era, and how he stays inspired.
Color is one part of the creative process that has distinct advantages to being completed in person. Typically, you’re working with the original footage, which can be quite large and hard to transfer over the internet. If you’re the client, it’s best to see exactly what the colorist is seeing. If you’re the colorist, you definitely want your client approving the color on your color calibrated monitor.
Even though Breaking Bad has come to an end, it seems everyone is still trying to hold on. (We're one of those people.) So we decided to get an interview with the man who made sure our beloved characters always showed up crystal clear week after week, colorist, Tom Sartori.Q: As a colorist for Breaking Bad, what was a major post-production challenge you had to deal with?
A: A constant challenge was to maintain stamina throughout the eight-hour session budgeted for final color. Some 500 or more shots had to be perfected within this timeframe, so the procedure, in very rapid succession, was always: identify the game plan, execute, verify color match, and then move on to the next shot.