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CSI Member Newsletter
May 2018

CSI Colorist Awards

The awards committee has been appointed with Dale Grahn as chairman. The following CSI members are working to make the awards meaningful and a reality.

  • Dale Grahn, CSI Fellow
  • Donald Freeman, CSI
  • Charles Haine, CSI
  • Pascal Nowak, CSI
  • Scott Stacy, CSI
  • John Tariot, CSI

The committee will decide on the award categories, date, nomination process, and judging criteria. CSI members can continue to contribute thoughts and opinions in the forum thread (


CSI Local Chapters

Nikolai Waldman, CSI and Dario Bigi have begun the formation of our first local chapters in Scandanavia and New York, respectively. Contact them for more details.

CSI is interested in talking to any other members that would like to represent their region, or work towards incorporating an existing colorist group into our community. Contact if this is something you want to get involved with.

Divergent Sponsor

Our long time sponsor Divergent has just announced a discount deal for CSI members.

ScopeBox generates every major video quality assurance tool you could need, including preview monitor, waveform, vectorscope, audio meters, histograms, parades, and specialized tools for finding color casts and gamut excursions. CSI members can now get 20% off – use the link and coupon code on the discount member page

T-Shirt Competition

Win a BMD SmartScope Duo by Designing a t-shirt by June 30, 2018. Feedback on the competition so far suggests that members prefer something subtle and professional looking over funny or quotable ideas. There's still time to submit your ideas. Full details here (

You can find the official CSI logo here ( or you can use your own CSI design.


NAB 2018

As always, NAB kicked of for the colorist community with the 6th NAB Colorist Mixer, sponsored by CSI. Over 300 colorists and friends attended for a great evening of chat, food, drink, and of course the treasure trove of sponsor giveaways. This year’s venue was Virgil’s Real Barbecue on the strip, which featured an outside balcony that was perfect for networking and a quiet chat. The beer flowed and the food was sumptuous. Inside the party roared, interrupted only by the most amazing raffle ever – including 2 reference grading monitors, control panels, an NVidia Quadro P6000 and countless other awesome software and hardware prizes.

On the show floor, the theme was very much HDR and even higher resolutions. Our sponsors all had great stories to tell. Blackmagic Design announced an impressive new pocket camera, but for colorists the Resolve 15 updates were impressive. Fusion is now on the resolve timeline with its own page and there are many time savers including fewer clicks, shared nodes, and a LUT browser. 

Dolby presented the complete Dolby Vision workflow every hour, with a special guest presentation by Kevin Shaw, CSI at the end of each day and an invitation to colorists to catch up on the booth during the last hour of the show. There were many HDR displays to see, but FSI had not one but two show stoppers. The 65” XM65OU HDR reference display is the biggest and the least-expensive true HDR reference display available and won the NewBay Best of Show Award. Plus the XM310k wowed us with its brilliance, which at 2,000 nits (and maybe more) was the brightest production HDR reference monitor at NAB.

 Academy ACES team seemed to be everywhere and it's nice to see that many of the ideas CSI talked about at IBC are actively being worked on. 

Also mobile at NAB was Mike Woodworth of Divergent, demonstrating even more great tools in ScopeBox (see the discount offer above). The Film Convert team continue to release new profiles but rumor is there will be important announcements later in the year. And for SAM this was their first show under new owners, industry veteran Grass Valley. CSI is grateful to all our sponsors for financial support and great advice.

FSI's 65” XM65OU HDR reference display is the biggest and the least-expensive true HDR reference display available and won the NewBay Best of Show Award.


Skin Tone Thesis

The Visual Appearance of Skin in Motion Pictures, by Marina Starke, is a thoroughly researched paper with input from many CSI members and other well-known colorists and cinematographers that explores issues that affect all genres in all parts of the world. People are usually the central point of every scene in motion pictures. As we are constantly surrounded by people, we are extremely familiar with skin tones and very sensitive to even the slightest inconsistencies. Read more at


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. 

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. 

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!

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