Full Program for ACES at HPA 2018!

Tags: #<Tag:0x00007f34c37886c0> #<Tag:0x00007f34c37885d0> #<Tag:0x00007f34c37883a0>

HPA logo

2018 is already shaping up to be a banner year for ACES development and adoption and this is further evidenced by ACES being widely featured at the influential HPA Tech Retreat in Palm Desert this year.

Look for ACES Project Chair Annie Chang (VP Creative Technologies, Universal Pictures) and ACES Vice-chair Joachim Zell (VP, Technology EFILM/Deluxe) and other leaders who are speaking in many of the sessions as well as other ACES conversations during the week. We encourage you to continue and extend these conversations here on ACESCentral so the rest of the industry and ACES community can benefit from your experience.

Tuesday - 11:15am
"Black Panther: Post Production and VFX Pipeline"
Mike Maloney, Image Pipeline Supervisor at Marvel Studios will present a session covering the color-managed workflow used on the blockbuster film Black Panther which utilized ACES and ASC CDLs.

Thursday 9:55am
"ACES Update"
Annie Chang will lead an update on current ACES activities, upcoming development efforts (“ACESNext”) and adoption successes. Joachim Zell will detail his findings on the 2nd ACES Pipeline Assessment Test and Dr. Wolfgang Ruppel (RheinMain University of Applied Sciences)
will outline the progress on the soon-to-be-published SMPTE IMF application specifying packaging of uncompressed ACES images (as specified in ST 2065-4).

Friday - 11:00am
"Virtual Cinematography and Storytelling Engines"
ACES Project Vice-chair Joachim Zell will join Ramy Katrib (Digital Film Tree) and Adam Myhill (Unity Technologies) to create a movie (in ACES) from the stage using the Unity Engine system.
Unity had 20 billion installs of Unity products in 2017 and has 6 million active monthly developers - all of whom now have ACES available to them.

Read the full program here: http://www.hollywoodprofessionalassociation.com/?page_id=156677

46 weeks of post; 2247 VFX shots; 214 non-VFX shots; 12 VFX vendors - ACES front & center! Mike Maloney, Image Pipeline Supervisor at Marvel Studios wows the crowd at HPA with details of his ACES work on “Black Panther”.

Steve, Thanks for having me! Happy to be part of the group for discussions and sorry I wasn’t able to stay longer at HPA.

To me, one of the biggest accomplishments of the ACES workflow is helping people
understand the difference between scene referred vs. output or display referred.

Working scene-referred is not new to VFX, especially for larger houses. But the
difference between working display referred vs. scene referred is still relatively unknown
to smaller VFX and post houses, and the ACES system has certainly helped them
understand the importance of this workflow.

I think smaller houses haven’t worked scene-referred is because without a
“show lut” that may or may not be clearly explained to them, the imagery didn’t look right
on their display. The ACES output transforms that properly map ACES(ap0) data to their intended displays has allowed places to work in this space prior to receiving a LUT package from a show.

Now having an ACES workflow on multiple shows now, we’re starting to see the benefits of this from a studio perspective as well. As we often have “flashback” scenes, taking scenes from previous films into our current one, having a consistent color pipeline has been a huge time saver. We still have to track the LMT’s being used (if we used one), and that’s where I’m really hoping we can start to utilize ACESclip at some point.

I spoke a lot about CDL workflows, and while the example I showed was a success story in that particular case, there are other cases where it added additional work where it was maybe not needed. Managing and tracking CDL values, especially shows where we are tracking 2 sets of CDL values (such as this one) is still a big challenge. The ability to store those values consistently, in addition to knowing the expected colorspace those values are intended to be applied in, is also a challenge.

Again sorry I had to run off early, feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


ACES Project Chair gives an ACES update covering topics such as:

  • ACES Adoption
  • ACESCentral growth
  • Implementation of Virtual Working Group concept for current and upcoming ACES development efforts
  • Delivering SDR and HDR ODTs that Production require
  • Progression to ACESNext development effort

Presentation here:2018-02-22-0955-Chang-v2.pdf (1.0 MB)

Dr. Wolfgang Ruppel presents a status report on ACES IMF Standardization efforts

Presentation here: ACES-IMF-HPA2018_V07.pdf (1.6 MB)

ACES Project Vice-chair Joachim Zell details his findings and next steps on his ACES Pipeline Assessment

Presentation here: ACES_HPA_Tech_Retreat_2018 - rev3fin lr.pdf (1.5 MB)


We want your feedback regarding ACES 1.0! Make sure you post any issues that you would like to see solutions for. We got some good feedback at the Tech Retreat, so voice your concerns!

For those looking to reference these presentations below are the citations and DOIs

references.bib (783 Bytes)