Wow, glad this thread was useful. Thank you everyone for all the appreciative posts.
Also yes, as noted 8-9-10 are a horrible kludge :) Much better to do in one node - like a confident Picasso brushstroke instead of just doing 100 timid strokes...
Sure it is nice for many people... but I'd much rather RED just focused on making R3Ds decode faster!
Also, they don't take that long when you're in the program. It took me a heck of a lot longer to make that tutorial than it did to do the color correction work!
For the second shot, I sent over as EXR B44 - a lossy format which is compact but incredibly close to the same quality. Transferring DPX would have taken too long and the deadline was close.
Apparently Premiere can't read EXR (hope this changes in the future!) so Tom had to load the EXRs into After Effects and export as DPX. But since transfer times were the bottleneck, it was the right move.