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  • 01 July 2024 13:21 | Anonymous

    Good news for IMDbPro users. You can now include your CSI membership in your IMDbPro profile. Simply navigate to your IMDbPro name page, select the About tab, and navigate to Performer Profile. Click Edit and navigate to Professional Affiliations. Select Colorist Society within the dropdown.


    As a member of CSI, you are eligible to receive a 25% discount off an IMDbPro Premium subscription, which offers full access to features for entertainment professionals to highlight their affiliations. Access the discount code by logging into your member website. This offer is limited to CSI members only and is non-transferable. Enter your code HERE to apply the discount to both monthly and annual memberships.

  • 15 June 2024 12:02 | Anonymous

    Award-winning cinematographers Mandy Walker, Robert Richardson and Erik Messerschmidt amongst talented worldwide jury

    FilmLight has announced the first set of high-profile creatives lined up to judge the 2024 FilmLight Colour Awards, including cinematographers Mandy Walker, Robert Richardson and Erik Messerschmidt. The awards are presented annually at the international film festival EnergaCAMERIMAGE in November.

    Following her participation in the 2023 ceremony panel discussion with Lawrence Sher, first to join this year’s jury is Australian cinematographer, Mandy Walker, AM, ASC, ACS. Walker is best known for her work on Elvis (2022), Mulan (2020), Hidden Figures (2016), Tracks (2013), Australia (2008), Shattered Glass (2003), Australian Rules (2002), Lantana (2001),The Well (1997) and Parklands (1996).


    “I really appreciate the artistry of great colourists,” comments Walker. “They help the cinematographer enhance the storytelling with colour, contrast, light and darkness – creating atmosphere and focusing the audiences’ gaze to what’s important in the frame. I will be looking for consistency and colour that is not too ‘affected’, but seamlessly works with and not against the elements of the story.” 

    Also joining this year’s jury is renowned American cinematographer, Robert Richardson, ASC, ACK. Richardson, who has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, for his work on Hugo (2011), The Aviator (2004) and JFK (1991), is a regular collaborator of Hollywood directors like Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese and known for his use of high contrast lighting, shapeshifting style, dynamic camera movements and keen eye for detail.

    “Judging the work of a colourist is complex, as there are many factors that play a part,” says Richardson. “For example, how early was the colourist involved? Did they create a LUT to use in camera or during post? What was their relationship with the director of photography? What is their history? With this in mind, the process of judging for me will be based on the information they provide about the project as well as how well the visuals support the story. I am excited to take part, as the colourist is pivotal to my work and I have immense respect for the creativity involved.”

    Also joining this year’s jury is cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt, ASC, who recently had two feature films premiere at the 2023 Venice Film Festival – David Fincher's The Killer and Michael Mann's Ferrari. He also shot Fincher’s series Mindhunter(2017-2019) and feature film Mank (2020).

    FilmLight is also delighted to welcome the following talented creatives to the 2024 jury:

    Yov Moor – senior freelance colourist in France, whose work encompasses award-winning feature films, documentaries, art films and shorts. In 2024, Moor had four films at Cannes: Miguel Gomes’Grand Tour, Gilles Lellouche’s L Amour Ouf (Beating Hearts), Keff’s Locust and Wei Liang Chiang’s Mongrel.

    Natasha Leonnet – senior colourist at Picture Shop based in LA and recipient of numerous prestigious accolades. Leonnet’s work includes Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023), Billie Eilish: Happier Ever (2021), Candyman (2020), Mulan (2020), First Man (2018), Hidden Figures (2016) and Whiplash (2014).

    Mahak Gupta – senior colourist at Bridge PostWorks in India and a 2022 FilmLight Colour Awards ‘Spotlight’ nominee for her work on Shoebox (2021). Gupta is also the co-founder of ‘The Colorists Workshop’ development program designed to support and recognise aspiring colourists in India.

    Elodie Ichter – senior colourist at Light Iron in New York, who recently completed the grade on Hulu’s Shōgun (2024). Born and raised in France, Ichter’s career path took her to London and Los Angeles before New York where she worked with renowned directors such as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Chloé Zhao and Ben Affleck.

    Damien Vandercruyssen – senior colourist at Harbor, based in New York. Damien's expertise in cinematography and colour science have earned him regular collaborations with highly regarded directors such as Sofia Coppola, the Safdie brothers and Trey Edward Shults, along with leading cinematographers Philippe Le Sourd, Drew Daniel and Darius Khondji. His work on Apple TV+'s Lisey's Story (2021) won him the ‘TV/episodic’ award at the 2021 FilmLight Colour Awards. 

    Ben Gervais – technical producer in Canada. Gervais is a pioneer in high frame rate and 3D workflows and developed 120fps production, post, distribution, and projection technology for Ang Lee's Gemini Man (2019) and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016).

    Dirk Meier – freelance colourist and lecturer in Germany. Meier won the ‘Episodic’ award at the 2023 FilmLight Colour Awards for his work on season one of The Pimp: No F***ing Fairytale (OT: Luden). 

    In 2024 colourists will be awarded across six categories: theatrical feature; television series/episodic; commercial; music video; Spotlight, which recognises colourists who have worked on a lower budget feature film or television movie; and, new for 2024, Emerging Talent, which celebrates the work of young colourists (age 18-35) in commercial and music video creation.

    The remaining jury will be announced in the coming months with this year’s call for entries closing on 31 July. A shortlist will be announced in autumn and the winners unveiled at EnergaCAMERIMAGE in November. For more, visit: www.filmlightcolourawards.com.

  • 03 June 2024 10:30 | Anonymous

    A new sponsor of Colorist Society, Pixelview.io is a developer of a remote collaboration platform designed with colorists in mind. Along with innovative tools for sharing grading sessions, Pixelview offers the benefit of being super simple to use. Sessions are streamed via a proprietary encoder plugged into a reference monitor. Options for capture cards and software streaming are also available.


    On the client side, it’s even easier. Stakeholders can join a session via a link or QR code. From there, the user experience is intuitive. Clients can view sessions through a web browser or app and communicate with the colorist through video or text chat. Other features include on-screen annotation, screen sharing and personalized branding. Better color accuracy can be achieved by a separate app. Sessions are encrypted to keep assets safe.

    One more point: Pixelview is affordable. A plan supporting up to five concurrent viewers costs $175 per month.

    Founder Max Stromberg began developing Pixelview during covid. A colorist himself, he was frustrated with the complexity and high cost of collaboration solutions. “Our aim is to eliminate technical challenges so that creative people can be creative,” he explains. “We make it easy to set up, log in and watch streams. Simplicity is our main selling point.”

    Max and his team continue to develop Pixelview. They recently added a new, streamlined user interface. Currently, they are looking to upgrade security through TPN certification and improved watermarking and login protocols.

    Citing the popularity of remote and hybrid work, Max says his user base is growing. “As covid waned, I thought things would go back to the way they were,” he observes. “But it hasn’t. People have gotten used to working remotely, and often prefer it because they can get more done.”

  • 24 May 2024 09:31 | Anonymous

    Hollywood SMPTE invites you to a demonstration of Barco’s new Light Steering technology for HDR projection. The event will be held  on Thursday, May 30th at Deluxe Studios at 900 Seward Street in Hollywood. 

    “Twenty-five years ago this month the first digital cinema presentation took  place,” says Bill Hogan who is producing the event for SMPTE Hollywood Section. “Now, we are entering the era of High Dynamic Range cinema. Last year we presented an HDR direct view program. This month, we present a program with HDR projection from Barco.”

    Speakers include Barco Cinema’s Joachim Zell (Head of HDR Content Workflow),  Dan Huerta (Technical Solutions Director) and  Anders Ballestad (Head of Content & Studio Relations).

    Two sessions will be offered, 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Refreshments at 7:00 PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before your chosen session time.

    Register here.

  • 17 May 2024 11:06 | Anonymous

    Entries are now open for the 2024 FilmLight Colour Awards. The awards, which will once again be presented at EnergaCAMERIMAGE in November, are independently judged by a panel of prominent creatives, cinematographers and colourists. Entries close July 31.

    New for 2024, the ‘Emerging Talent’ award will recognise and celebrate the work of young colourists (age 18-30) who have worked on a commercial or music video project aired between 1 September 2023 and 30 September 2024.


    Top left to right: Dirk Meier (2023 TV Series / Episodic winner), Marina Starke (2023 Music Video winner), Tim Masick (2023 Commercial winner), Cem Ozkilicci (2023 Spotlight winner). Bottom centre: DoP, Lawrence Sher (2023 Jury President).

    “The next generation of colourists is critical to the future of our industry,” says Jacqui Loran, co-director at FilmLight. “We have introduced this award to help support and encourage these emerging young talents – shining a light on their work and helping them to form a path into the industry.”

    The new category sits alongside the existing five: theatrical feature; television series/episodic; commercial; music video; and Spotlight, which recognises colourists who have contributed to the creative impact of a low budget feature.

    The awards are lead and organised by FilmLight, in conjunction with EnergaCAMERIMAGE. “In 2021 we welcomed the FilmLight Colour Awards into the EnergaCAMERIMAGE Film Festival programme and we have enjoyed watching the success of the awards and the partnership grow year-on-year,” says Marek Žydowicz, EnergaCAMERIMAGE Founder and Director. “We continue to receive positive feedback about our joint efforts to shine a light on the work of the colourist and their invaluable collaboration with the cinematographer. We can’t wait to do it again this year.”

    For 2024, FilmLight also welcomes four new supporting partners: ShotDeck (fully-searchable cinematic image library), AMC (Mexican Society of Cinematographers), BVK (German Society of Cinematographers) and ISC (Indian Society of Cinematographers). They join the growing list of long-standing supporters, including: AFC (French Society of Cinematographers), ASC (American Society of Cinematographers), BSC (British Society of Cinematographers), CNSC (Chinese Society of Cinematographers), CSI (Colorist Society International) and more.

  • 19 April 2024 16:30 | Anonymous

    The Colorist Mixer returned to NAB on April 14, drawing an enthusiastic crowd of more than 250 colorists, colleagues and friends. Carlos ‘n Charlie’s at the Flamingo, our fantastic new venue, was the site of a memorable evening of great conversation, food and cocktails.

    The evening kicked off with the always entertaining Medialight Color Quiz. Big screen displays throughout the space played showreels from colorists, CSI sponsors, shots of the wonderful raffle prizes, and photos taken at the event. Each sponsor had an individual drawing box with guests submitting their tickets for the prizes of their choice. In true Las Vegas fashion, you had to gamble to win.

    A big thank you to our cohost, iColorist, our sponsors and our guests for their support.


    Prize Winners:

    • Jenn Lee, Banana Post: Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Michael Tosti, idc-la:Blackmagic Design DaVinci Micro Panel
    • Tay Christopher, The Media Village: Creative Solutions Small HD 27" OLED
    • Gilberto Balderas, Cadis AI: DELL KM900 Premier keyboard
    • Jason Lyons, 67post: Dolby Vision Training/Certification 
    • Jamie Coats, Dovecoats Ltd: Kevin Shaw Finalcolor training
    • Mikhail Starkov, Institute of Film and Television: FSI XMP310 QD-OLED HDR 31.5” Reference Monitor 
    • Catherine Meininger: ASUS Proart PA169CDV monitor
    • Roberto Negron, Nitido Post: Louper Pro 1yr plan 
    • Gregory White, Pearl Street Post: MASV 10TB Free Transfer Credits
    • Eric Cameron, freelance: Medialight Pro2 set
    • Francesco D'Ascenzo: BULL SRL: PVA Video Calibration Training/Certification 4-Day Course

    See you at the IBC Mixer on Saturday 14th September.


    Kevin Shaw, Mikhail Starkov


    Walter Volpatto, John Daro, Warren Eagles


    Sarah Priestnal, Bob Festa


    Jason Bowdach, Robbie Carman, Bram Desmet


    Rob and Michelle Lederman

  • 05 April 2024 10:03 | Anonymous

    Colorist Society has launched a Discord server available exclusively and at no cost to our members. Colorist Society Discord is a dedicated, ad free and safe space where colorists can connect, share insights, learn from others, organize chapters and events, and broaden their networks.

    For those new to Discord, it’s a messaging platform that supports text, voice and video chat on an individual and group basis. Our Discord includes discussion channels on color-related topics including color science, deliverables, tips and tricks, and so on. It also offers private channels for individual Chapters, as well as a job board. But it’s not only about work. Members can also use the service to catch up with old friends, hang out and make new connections.

    Colorist Jenn Lee, CSI, who set up the server and will act as moderator, hopes Discord will strengthen the sense of community among colorists. “Colorists often work alone or in smaller markets with little direct contact with their fellow artists,” she says. “Discord is a great way to get to know people you might not otherwise meet.”


    Lee, who also participates in a Discord server run by the Visual Effects Society, says that it’s been a great success with hundreds of active members. “Every Friday, there is a group call for people to socialize,” she says. “It’s fun and rewarding.”

    Colorist Society members will soon receive an invite link with instructions for joining our Discord. It will also be available in the Members portion of the website. We hope everyone will sign up and become part of the conversation.

  • 01 April 2024 09:42 | Anonymous

    Now in its second decade, the Colorist Mixer, sponsored by Colorist Society (CSI) and iColorist, returns to NAB on Sunday, April 14th, 7 - 11 pm PDT. Bigger and better than ever, this year’s raffle will feature $30,000 in prizes from Colorist Mixer sponsors.

    Tickets are available here. But, hurry, as space is limited.


    Agenda

    8:00 PM - 8:30 PM: The Color Quiz

    Quiz teams will be based on wristbands, so it’s a great way to make new friends. This year’s quiz will involve ten multiple choice questions, with a fun color-related tiebreaker.

    9:30 PM: The World Famous Mixer Raffle

    Everyone arriving at the Mixer will receive a raffle ticket. Be sure to add your details clearly and drop it into the ballot box for the prize that you want to win. You must be present to win.

    Prizes!

    Mixer Sponsors at NAB 2024

    MASV at NAB


    Discover how MASV, the world's fastest and most secure file transfer service for colorists, is set to transform your project delivery. Upgrade your workflow with MASV Portals, a universal file uploader that can speed up, organize, and automate file collection in every workflow.

    ·        Book Your Customized MASV Demo at NAB Show 2024: massive.io/nab-show/

    ·        NEW: MASV Portal enhancements COMING SOON at NAB.

    ·        Level up and automate your file upload workflow with advanced tools that boost security, streamline processes, and showcase your brand—all without limitations.

    ·        Visit Booth W1343M (within the AWS Learning Lounge & Partner Village).

    • ·        Livestream up to 4K edit, vfx, color & sound sessions.
    • ·        Upload and watch videos in sync with your team.
    • ·        All with built-in video chat for faster, clearer feedback.

    Louper at NAB


    Louper is a live collaboration platform designed for remote video editing, color grading, and finishing. Stream frame‑accurate, high quality sessions for real‑time collaboration with directors and clients. 

    A Special NAB Offer for Colorist Society!

    Get 1-month FREE of Louper Pro! A no risk opportunity to try out Louper’s paid option to see if the platform suits you. Sign up for a free account using this special link: https://bit.ly/3Tw0A9v and the Louper team will upgrade you to 1 complimentary month of Louper Pro (valued at $62.50-$99).

    Join thousands of pro colorists, finishing artists, and editors! Start streaming at: Louper.io

    SmallHD


    Learn more about SmallHD’s new Quantum 32 Reference HDR Monitor Here.

  • 28 March 2024 15:29 | Anonymous

    CS Hollywood members who weren’t able to make it to NAB (and those who did) are invited to catch up for drinks in LA. Kevin Shaw and Warren Eagles will also be in attendance for the meetup, set for Thursday April 25, 6:30pm to 9pm at the rooftop bar of the Godfrey Hotel in Hollywood. Snacks and appetizers will be provided.  Members may purchase drinks at the bar.  


    The Godfrey will project submitted projects on the wall of the courtyard during the meet-up.  CSH is also requesting submissions for its Chapter Showcase featured on the CSI website. Further details coming soon.

  • 28 March 2024 15:03 | Anonymous

    Rory Gordon, CSH, will take part in a panel discussion on ACES workflows at NAB Show 2024 in Las Vegas. Titled Mastering Filmmaking with ACES Your Secret Weapon for Color Management, the session will delve into practical tips and real-world examples demonstrating how ACES can streamline production processes and achieve consistent, high-quality results across diverse projects. Other panelists will include Walt Disney Studios Senior Manager of Image and Color Michael Maloney and independent filmmaker and software designer Stu Maschwitz. Journalist Debra Kaufman will moderate. The session is slated for Tuesday, April 16 • 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM PT in the Create Zone Theater SU4087. Passes required.


    Rory Gordon, CSH, is a senior colorist, with recent credits Rapsh!t for HBO Max, Unstable for Netflix, and Parish for AMC during nine years at ArsenalFX Color. She recently joined the Keep Me Posted/FotoKem team where she continues serving episodic projects, as well as feature films. She is one of the most experienced HDR colorists working in television and streaming, with experience finishing over 130 episodes in HDR10 and Dolbyvision.

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