A: Colorist Society International (CSI) is a non profit organization. The income from memberships and sponsors is re-invested in the organization to pay for the resources needed to run it, and to further our membership's causes. Full members are able to propose and prioritize the causes and we expect they will assist when and where they can. CSI is all about a unified voice for professional colorists, we are all ambassadors. There are many more benefits to the membership that provide more immediate value for the fee.
A. Full Membership is a 2 step process. Applications go through an approval , and once approved you pay the membership fee to complete the enrollment. First, register using the Member Application link on the Register page and complete the mandatory fields. The form will ask for two existing Full Members or Fellows to support the application. The list of Full Members is online here. Once your application is approved you can log in to your profile and select "Change Member Level". Choose "Full Member", pay the $120 fee online and you have immediate access to the Members only areas and benefits.
The references are there to maintain the professional standing of the Colorist Society international, which is imperative if we are to achieve our ambitions. They are not to meant to exclude anyone that makes a living as a colorist/colourist, DITs, telecine operators, color timers, finishers, restoration artist or color scientist. In the event you do not have a CSI sponsor you can provide documentation to prove that you qualify as a professional. Suggested documentation includes at least 2 of the following:
CSI actively represents a unified voice for professional colorists in the film and digital entertainment industry, and promotes the creative art and science of color grading, restoration, and finishing. We are dedicated to advancing the craft, education, and public awareness of the art and science of color grading and color correction and we expect to achieve changes. For example the CSI accreditation is the first to identify professional colorists as such.