How to Be



How to Be



7 Lessons

1.5+ hours of
instructional video

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7 Lessons

1.5+ hours of
instructional video

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Learn how to be a DIT from your kit to live on set grading

Have your sights set on a career as a DIT or a Digital Loader? In How To Be a DIT, you’ll learn requirements for how to be a union DIT from the basics to the correct etiquette and proper protocols.

Gain confidence on set with lessons on color grading from professional DIT Derek Johnson. You’ll receive essential insight into Derek’s kit, the tools he keeps, in addition to his belt and cart. Derek also advises on the best practices for managing media and conducts a live grade scenario using Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve and taking you through the process behind secondary color correction.

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns

Side by side comparisons

Guidance on tools for your kit

Data management

Advanced color correction tips & theories

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Look Inside The Course

  • Learn what to include in your DIT belt
  • Filmmakers Academy DIT mentor Derek Johnson
  • DIT belt with Derek Johnson - Filmmakers Academy
  • How To Be a DIT with Derek Johnson


  • DIT Tech Series: What is On My Belt
  • DIT Tech Series: What is in My Set Bag
  • DIT Tech Series: What is in My Tool Kit
  • DIT Tech Series: What is on My DIT Cart
  • DIT Tech Series: Workflow and Management
  • DIT Tech Series: Live Color Grades and LUTs
  • DIT Tech Series: Advanced Color Grading

About The Mentor

Derek Johnson is a Digital Loader/DIT with credits on commercials and films like Need for Speed, Nightcrawler, The Ridiculous 6, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows. Johnson first began his career back in 2012 as an intern of Hurlbut Visuals before becoming the personal assistant of Shane Hurlbut, ASC. Derek’s career quickly progressed to working on major motion pictures.


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