Colorist Peter Doyle — HDR, Vintage Workflows, Etiquette

A video edit of colorist Peter Doyle speaking about HDR, color, the film print legacy and post-production etiquette, from footage shot at an AFC event in Paris.

Benjamin B

Recently, I was fortunate to see master colorist Peter Doyle participate in the AFC conference on HDR in Paris. Peter spoke intelligently, incisively and honestly about a wide range of topics including HDR (High Dynamic Range), vintage workflows, film print emulation, color spaces, tone mapping and the new etiquette of managing post-production looks.

My friends at the AFC (the French Society of Cinematographers) kindly agreed to let me edit and present footage that they shot of Peter's presentation. (Peter was the only English-language speaker).

This is the first of two posts. Here Peter speaks about HDR, colors, the film print legacy and managing the “content intent” with the four “voices” of the production company, the studio, marketing and display manufacturers.


Peter Doyle, Colorist Extraordinaire

Peter Doyle is one of the world's most renown colorists. Peter has worked with many leading ASC cinematographers, including Dion Beebe (also ACS), Bruno Delbonnel (AFC), Andrew Lesnie (ACS), Philippe Rousselot (AFC) and Eduardo Serra (AFC). Peter has also worked closely with many prominent directors, including Tim Burton, the Coen brothers, Peter Jackson, Alexander Sokurov and Joe Wright.

Peter’s formidable credits include The Lord of the Rings franchise and the Harry Potter franchise. Peter has also worked on noteworthy films like Dark Shadows, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Theory of Everything, Faust, Free State of Jones and Darkest Hour. Peter recently remastered all of the Harry Potter movies for HDR.


Video of Peter’s Presentation

The nine-minute video below is my edit of footage shot by Pauline Maillet of the presentation. Peter was wearing headphones to hear translations of the other French speakers. I decided not to grade the footage, as I like the warm tones as is — besides, who am I to grade Peter Doyle? :)

As Peter notes, the views expressed are his own.

Watch on YouTube



I would like to thank Peter Doyle, FilmLight, the AFC, and especially Pauline Maillet, Eric Guichard, AFC and Jean-Noël Ferragut, AFC for their help. 

The AFC HDR day was sponsored by the CNC, Dolby, Eclair, Firefly Cinema, Hiventy, Mikros Image, Technicolor, Panavision, Sony, TSF and CinemaNext.

Photo collage copyright Benjamin B


LINKS Peter Doyle video part 2 - Back to Black, HDR workflow

+++ Peter Doyle Interview with Peter Doyle Peter Doyle podcast
(there is also a transcript for download) article about The Return of the King by Simon Gray

americancinematographer: Inside Llewyn Davis
(I interviewed both Peter Doyle and Bruno Delbonnel for my article)
the web site for the French Society of Cinematographers
(English version) Les vidéos du Colloque HDR AFC
(in French)


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