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CSI Member Newsletter
August 2017

What Do We Mean When We Say HDR?

After taking some personal time off, Lou Levinson, CSI, is back and, as he likes to say, ‘stirring the pot as usual.’ Lou has set his sights on looking for an answer (hint: the question is the title).

“So, what do we mean when we say HDR? I have to say that I have yet to hear a simple and coherent definition, but everyone seems to know it when they see it.

Do we mean high peak brightness? High average/ diffuse white? Are we including wide color gamut? High frame rate? High spacial resolution? As far as I can tell, there are now five or six competing HDR “systems.” We’re well on the way to the 19 different standards of the ATSC.”

Read Lou’s full story here:

Join in the discussion in the CSI forums here: Forums

HPA Tech Retreat UK

HPA events are unlike trade shows in that they are truly immersive. The main themes this year were VR, HDR, IMF, AI, and the Cloud. Also discussed, the explosion of delivery formats plus some interesting sessions on Diversity, Archives and Connectivity.

Colorist Society International co-founder, Kevin Shaw, attended this year's retreat. Read his report by clicking here:

HPA Awards: Call for Judges

Judging begins in mid-August. For more information on the requirements to be a Judge, click here:

The Young Entertainment Professionals Program

The 2017 HPA Young Entertainment Professionals program identifies talented young professionals under the age of 35 for a yearlong program of networking, education, and mentorship designed to help them prepare for positions of leadership as they mature.

For more information, including application, click here:

Colorist Podcast: Juan Ignacio, CSI

"I feel like there are two approaches you can do to color grading. You can make sure you have a perfectly calibrated monitor ...and just start turning knobs until you get something that you like, and carry on. Or, I feel there has to be an underlying understanding how image behaves, why something works and why it doesn't. Not just that I like it or don't, but why."

On this episode of the Colorist Podcast, Josh Petok, CSI, talks with Juan Ignacio Cabrera, CSI, who talks about his extensive film credits include 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' 'Star Trek: Into Darkness,' and 'Transformers: Age of Extinction.'

Listen in to the podcast here:

A Little Something for Your Birthday

Mark Todd Osborne, CSI, is featured on Blackmagic Design’s website in an article about how he color graded Sharon Stone’s new film.

MTO drove the grading session on DaVinci Resolve Studio using the new Resolve Mini Panel.

“As a colorist you’re making 100 decisions a minute, so you really don’t want technology to get in the way. It has to allow you to stay in the creative flow,” explained Osborne. “The DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel does just that. It’s completely fluid.”

Read more about MTO’s workflow, working with Sharon Stone, and grading her new film, A Little Something for Your Birthday by clicking here:

IBIZA Music Video Festival

Got a music video that you color graded? Feel in your heart that it's an award-winning example of your craft and artistry?

The IBIZA Music Festival, with its multiple competitions, and focus on education, together with its workshops and intimate conferences, is unique among festivals. And it has the added advantage of taking place on the fabulous island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea off the east coast of Spain.

The 2017 deadline for submissions is August 18. For more information about submitting your work, click here:

IBC Colorist Mixer 2017

It’s still in the early planning stages – but it’s not too early to start making your plans to attend the 2017 IBC Colorist Mixer in Amsterdam.

The date is confirmed: Saturday September 16. Doors open at 7pm.

The location for this year’s Mixer is the Adam and Siam restaurant/bar. It’s a traditional Amsterdam bar very centrally located, so easy access from the RAI or your accommodation.

Once again, Colorist Society International is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Mixer. CSI co-founder Kevin Shaw will be in attendance, so be sure to say ‘hi.’

Further updates, including website and ticket information will be forthcoming. Until then, take a look back at photos from previous Mixers at the Colorist Mixer Facebook page.

A Brief History of Grading

With the 50th anniversary of IBC just around the corner, guest blogger Dick Hobbs is back again this month with a timely look at the history of grading as seen through the prism of the very first IBC held in 1967. How times – and grading – have changed.

“The shift was from technical grading (making the waveform monitor look right) to creative control (making the pictures look good).

The big industry shift started in 1993, when first Kodak introduced its Cineon digital intermediate (DI) system, followed very shortly by Quantel Domino. Both systems included a film recorder as well as a scanner: post was a digital intermediate stage between (analogue) film acquisition and delivery. And it allowed colorists to bring their creative skills into the movie industry. “

You can read more of Dick’s story on the CSI website. Click on the link here:

Postproduced Color

Oli Andersen is a freelance Editor & Colorist studying digital media at Ravensbourne in the UK. As part of his studies, he wrote a dissertation on how post-produced color has evolved as a narrative device in the film industry.

"Throughout the course of this dissertation I intend to find out what role color has played in storytelling since its introduction to cinema, through to its role today."

To download and read the complete dissertation, click here:

Getting Credit

Donald Freeman, CSI emailed us with one of his latest credits.

Don was fortunate to get a full screen card before the crawl in a great new movie called Beauty Mark, directed by Harris Doran.

Congratulations Don!

Colorist Society International recommends that all Full Members request a full screen card before the crawl when using the C.S.I. suffix.

When you receive a CSI onscreen credit — be sure to email us so we can share your success with the membership.

CSI Forums

Don’t forget there are two CSI forums.

If you are an associate or alliance member, the forum is a great place to ask questions or discuss things out of public view. There are some good forums out there, but sometimes it is better to discuss things among ourselves. Most recently, Roel Videler posted some helpful resources to the Associate forum. The main thread on the full member forum is a discussion on our goals and how to get there.

Both Member areas have exclusive CSI discounts, software suggestions, and download pages. If you have something to share, or something you are looking for use the forums or send it to

As always, we appreciate our sponsors (and hope to add more to the list).
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If you have news, photos, projects your working on, etc. that you would like to share with your CSI fellow members in future newsletters – send us an email at with all the details.

Happy Grading!

Best, Jim and Kevin

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