wow, glad everyone's liking these ones! I actually kinda thought these were pretty basic and not too many would be into them, especially considering they're not too "professional" ("preofessional" color correction is a pretty huge deal, which is why you have programs like da vince that cost tens of thousands of dollars). But i'm really glad this can be helpful!
, no, i wouldn't charge for this stuff. in fact, if people tell me what's on the expensive training dvd's, i'll try to cover that stuff!
quinn, yes, learn them before trying the presets - the presets, if you just drop them on without knowing what's happening, will probably make your footage look terrible! they have to be tweaked just like any other plugin.
tyson, thanks for the plug! can i suggest a tutorial making challenge, while i'm on a roll?
mechis, about starting with a preset and working from there on a movie, no, almost never. except Sin City, where the supervisor's got together at the very start and made the basic style nodes so all the teams' work would look the same (each shot had to be tweaked a bit, though).
as for movies that don't have a stylized look, i'm not sure how they color correct those, since it doesn't fall into the visual effects category. but on every single movie, we get reference shots that we're supposed to match to, and it's usually very minor stuff, like bringing black up a little, or taking out a little yellow, things like that. And Mike is right about what kind of things to consider when creating a look. look at how much the visual style helped movies like Sin City, Gladiator, Matrix, Underworld, Amelie, etc...
and like i said, if you watch these and have trouble trying to match a certain thing or look that you want, let me know. these little tutorials were super fast and easy!