Hey, it’s Jim and Kevin from Colorist Society International.
Wow! CSI is celebrating its three-month anniversary — Our first quarter under our collective hats!
Our official launch day was Monday April 18, 2016 - Day 1 of NAB2016. Although, we told everyone at the Colorist Mixer the evening before NAB opened to watch for a big announcement the next day.
In the days and months leading up to the launch, we spent many, many long hours building a long runway. We always felt deep down that we would achieve liftoff — and we have! And CSI is in a steep climb. Translation: that’s very good — for colorists everywhere.
Getting to this point has been a long time coming. The color community has been talking about wanting — needing — a professional society for years. We decided to take the first step. We put together a strong framework upon which to build the Colorist Society. As the launch date was drawing closer, it was clear we needed more time. In the end, we decided to just go for it — and build the organization around the membership as we went.
Membership is climbing. In its first quarter CSI has 101 approved members, including fellows, full, alliance, associates, and corporate members. There are nearly 100 more applications being processed.
During our launch, Corporate Sponsors approached us to ask how they could participate. Bram Desmet, CEO of Flanders Scientific International, was the first to step up with a donation. He told us, Flanders Scientific isn’t a huge company, but we are all about supporting good causes and I can’t think of a more overlooked cause to date in this industry than a professional colorist society. To that end we want to help support CSI.
We appreciate Bram and FSI so very much. Following FSI’s lead, Blackmagic Design reached out to us and asked how they could participate. Both companies are now proudly listed on our "Friends of CSI" webpage. Kevin and I are currently negotiating with other major companies who have said a colorist organization like CSI is long overdue, and would like to participate.
However, it’s our distinguished members who make Colorist Society International.
CSI members are some of the best colorists working in the motion picture and television industries. Some of our luminaries include: Dale Grahn, Lou Levinson, Eric Whipp, Patrick Woodard, Catherine Pantazopoulos Diamant, Rebecca Goodeve. Mark Todd Osborne, and many, many more talented color artists.