Monthly Educational Webcast

ACES 1.0: Theory and Practice

Original Airdate: 17 November 2016

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The Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) is a complete framework for digital color representation, reproduction, processing, distribution, and archival mainly aimed to theatrical, TV, and animation features. Current major version 1.0 has been recently released and introduces new concepts and methodologies.

In this webcast, a review of current ACES terminology, color-science and workflows will be presented for both novice audiences as well as those already acquainted with pre-release ACES. Then, beginning with the author's real-world experience, a description of an ACES use-case for theatrical production will be discussed from on-set to postproduction and visual effects (VFX) to delivery.

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Guest Speakers

Walter Arrighetti is CTO of Frame by Frame, a leading theatrical and advertising postproduction boutique based in Rome, Italy, founded 1992. He is regularly invited by national universities to lecture about cybersecurity, Cloud technologies and color science within the Media & Entertainment echosystem. Since 2012 he has been cooperating with the Acadmey of Motion Picture Arts and Science, together with other professionals from the industry-at-large, in designing the ACES framework (from its mathematical internals, up to lateral data-management and interchange workflows).

Before this, Walter has been serving as lead postproduction engineer for Technicolor, contributing to applied storage, content-protection and imaging pipelines used across multiple Cloud-enabled workflows, for theatrical projects.

Walter holds a PhD in Electromagnetism, a MEng in Electronic Engineering, and several international patents (either pending or issued). He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).


Francesco Giardiello designs and executes workflows for major motion picture and television productions, worldwide. His credits as a digital imaging and workflow supervisor include the “The Young Messiah,” produced by 1492 Pictures; “Ben Hur,” a Paramount Pictures production; and “Black Sea,” for Focus Features and Film4. Among Francesco’s many projects as a digital imaging technician (DIT) are “Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” “Pan,” “Thor: The Dark World” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Francesco collaborated with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Technicolor and Warner Bros. on the pipeline for the feature film “Pan,” the first comprehensive ACES .7 pipeline for a multiple camera project (DP Seamus McGarvey). He also designed and implemented an ACES 1.0 pipeline from set to post for Warner Bros.’ upcoming motion picture “Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur” (DP John Mathieson) and Sony’ upcoming feature “LIFE” (DP Seamus McGarvey).