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CSI Member Newsletter
January 2018

2018: Year of CSI

All of us at CSI wish you a very happy New Year, and are hoping for great things in 2018. Certainly, it promises to be a big year for CSI. Work on our own Colorist Awards is well under way, and we expect to announce several working committees soon. If you are not already a member, please join us at

Colorist Awards Outline

by Dale Grahn, CSI Fellow

Last month, Dale discussed why awards for colorists have been long debated yet not realized. In this second part, he outlines the basic categories, rules, conditions, and expectations for receiving an award. Read Colorist Awards Part 2 at

These will be discussed privately in the CSI forum, then finalized and refined by the Awards Committee before being officially adopted. Membership involvement and opinions are very important and welcomed, so please take the time to visit the forum (, even if it is to say “yes, I agree."

Role of the Colorist

We are pleased to share the definition of a colorist, as agreed in the private CSI forums. We suggest that other organizations use this rather than the many inaccurate and sometimes inappropriate descriptions that are floating around. 

Our definition includes all the possible functions owned by the colorist, though not all colorists will have all the skills and many colorists will have other skills that are not specific to the job. 

Read the role of the colorist at

Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year

Ultraviolet 18-3838 is Pantone's color of the year. Interesting that they should give it the name of a color beyond the human visual system, perhaps that is a nod to BT 2020, which is, of course, still tantalizingly beyond the range of any of our display systems. The exact color is RGB values 95, 75, 139 and the html hex code is 5F4B8B. You can find out more, along with some color harmonies at

Podcast Year in Review

In this episode of the Colorist Podcast, Josh looks back at 2017. So much has happened this past year in the world of the colorist.

Blackmagic unveiled two new affordable panels, as well as releasing Resolve 14. Filmlight continues to innovate, and shipped version 5 of Baselight. UHD and HDR are gaining wide adoption, with new content being available every day. 

Listen at

Contracts for Freelance Colorists

There is a new forum discussion on Contracts for Freelance Colorists. Contracts do not need to be written by lawyers, or even signed paper documents. However, understanding the basic requirements and getting something in writing can save disputes and discussions later. 

Read more at and contribute what you can, we will all be better off.  

CSI Forums

CSI aims to present a unified voice from the colorist community to our fellow professionals and to achieve that we need the privacy of the CSI Forum to discuss matters among ourselves.

The CSI Forum is open to Full, Alliance, Associate, and Corporate members. Check it out now, or if you are not already a member, join us at

If you have something to share, or something you are looking for use the forums or send a request to

CSI Members please note that our web pages are very image related. To be considered as a featured colorist you need to add a profile image of yourself or a poster of your work. If you have credits with the CSI suffix, posters or high resolution stills of your work, please forward them to for inclusion in a newsletter or on the website.  

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Happy Grading!

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