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  • 21 June 2021 22:16 | Anonymous

    New competition will announce winners at EnergaCAMERAIMAGE 2021

    FilmLight has launched the FilmLight Colour Awards, a new competition honoring colorists and the art of color worldwide. The awards are being organized in association with professional bodies and are open to colorists using any grading technology. Categories encompass theatrical, television and advertising projects, as well as innovative use of FilmLight’s Baselight platform. Winners will be announced at EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2021 in Poland.


    FilmLight CEO Wolfgang Lempp says the awards are aimed at highlighting the critical role colorists play in the creative process. “The colorist today is far more than a simple ‘color timer,’ matching and correcting,” Lempp explains. “We believe that the most satisfying results are achieved when DPs and colorists collaborate, and indeed many colorists are now involved throughout the whole production lifecycle, from early lens and camera tests through to the very many deliverables now expected.”

    Entries are open now through September 15. A shortlist will be announced in October with winners revealed in November at EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2021.

    Further information and entry forms are available at: https://filmlight.awardcore.com

    Information about EnergaCAMERAIMAGE 2021 can be found here: https://camerimage.pl/en/

  • 17 March 2021 18:14 | Anonymous

    Dolby Vision has expanded its training and certification options. Three choices are now available for individual colorists:

    1. Free self-guided online training

    With our self-guided educational resource from the Dolby Institute, you can work at your own pace by focusing on and revisiting the modules that are most relevant to you. The content is the same as the full live instructor-based curriculum, but using videos, graphics, and text pages with built-in logical breaks as well as testing, to make sure that you’ve understood the key concepts.

    Start your free training now!


    2. Live online training with a Dolby Instructor

    Previously only available to Dolby Vision certified post facilities you can now, as an individual, get the nearly eight-hour, in-depth Dolby Vision training with a Dolby instructor. The training sessions are carried out in a small group (in English or Spanish) for only $400. The program includes:

    • Module 1: Dolby Vision and HDR Theory/Overview/Workflow – 3 Hours
    • Module 2: Color Grading (with DaVinci Resolve) – 2.5 Hours
    • Module 3: Mastering, Deliverables, and QC – 2 Hours

    Click here for more details

    3. Dolby Vision individual certification

    Whether you are a colorist or an engineer, finish off your Dolby Vision training experience by becoming a Dolby Vision certified individual for $250. This involves passing both an online multiple-choice test and a practical test where you download a color-graded HDR file/EDL, add the Dolby Vision metadata, and create a Dolby Vision IMF package to submit to a Dolby instructor. Once passed, certified individuals will be allowed to use a Dolby Vision Certified logo on their website or email signature and be listed here on Professional.Dolby.com (ETA April 15, 2021).

    Click here for more details 

  • 15 March 2021 19:08 | Anonymous

    By Warren Eagles CSI

    CSI’s Australia and New Zealand chapter was formed in the middle of 2020, not the ideal time to start a networking social group! Jarryd Hall CSI in Sydney, Dee McClelland CSI in Melbourne, myself in Brisbane and Dave Gibson CSI in Auckland NZ are the founding chapter officers.


    We began by adding all current CSI members with ties to Australia or New Zealand into the ANZ chapter, even those who now work overseas. This means a member can belong to two chapters, one in their home country and one in their current working location.

    When COVID 19 restrictions started to loosen in Australia early 2021, I proposed to our members that it was time to hold our first ANZ meeting. It would likely probably be the first live, in person gathering of CSI members in the world since the pandemic began.


    Adam Eden CSI, owner of the post house Eden Creative in Surry Hills Sydney, offered to host an evening focused on HDR. It seemed an ideal subject to kick off with. We posted an invite on our CSI chapter page, our What’s App group and through local groups on social media. On February 25, a group of 15 colorists, producers and DPs met at Eden Creative. Ian Lowe from Dolby beamed in from the UK and gave us the latest Dolby Vision news. Adam is Dolby certified and his grading room is equipped with a new MacPro, Sony BVM HX310 HDR monitor and an LG 48CX for the clients. He walked us through his Dolby Vision workflow showcasing things he has learned mastering HDR for the major studios over the past 12 months.

    The evening was a great success and gave everyone the chance to get out and network again. We hope to host more live and ZOOM type sessions in 2021. Our events include both CSI members and non-members as we want to showcase the benefits of joining the organization. CSI sponsor ASUS provided giveaways for the evening. We appreciate their continued support.


    (Above: Luciano Marigo-Spitaleri CSI and new associate member Wassim Bazzi proudly holding their ASUS goodie bags.)

    For information on the CSI ANZ Chapter contact the officers at anz@coloristsociety.com


  • 11 March 2021 18:34 | Anonymous

    CSI members can provide guidance and support up-and-coming talent by acting as mentors and trainers.

    For people, aspiring to careers in the film and television industry, the first step is often the hardest. Getting a foot in the door can be especially challenging for women, members of minority communities and people with disabilities who may lack the personal connections that can be key to landing that first job.

    Four Corners, a London-based charitable organization, is working to change that. The group, which is funded by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the film, television, visual effects, animation and game industries, provides job placement and mentoring services to people seeking employment across a range of disciplines in filmmaking, photography and the arts. Its focus is on improving industry diversity by targeting its career assistance to underrepresented groups. “We were founded 45 years ago by four filmmakers from different parts of the world as a community film workshop,” says Helena Goundry, the organization’s project coordinator. “Today, we assist hundreds of people from across the UK. We provide entry-level training and help people early in their careers who are struggling to get to the next rung on the ladder.”

    Colorist is among the jobs that Four Corners believes can benefit from greater diversity. The organization offers free online training for prospective colorists in the basics of DaVinci Resolve. Participants also receive one-on-one mentoring from veteran colorists and access to talks and webinars on career topics. “We provide expert advice and guidance,” Goundry says. “Mentoring is always a part of our training programs because it’s how people find work.”


    Four Corners works hard to reach people in underserved communities. It conducts an aggressive outreach program and maintains close ties to other charitable organizations and community groups. It also carries out targeted advertising and marketing through Facebook and other social media sites.

    Goundry notes that people with physical disabilities often have an especially hard time finding employment. Employers are sometimes concerned about accommodating special needs, but she insists such fears are misplaced. “Employers are fearful of getting it wrong,” she explains. “But actually the changes they have to make are minimal. Thankfully, attitudes are changing. Production and post-production companies want to be more diverse and they are now coming to us for help.”

    In fact, Four Corners has achieved an enviable success rate. Nearly a quarter of those who take part in its training and mentoring programs are successful in landing jobs. “We recently placed a young woman as a trainee on a high-end television drama for eight weeks,” Goundry recalls. “She was very gregarious and made a strong impression. Four months later, she was contacted by one of the editors she worked with and hired as an assistant on a documentary. That was really nice. We have a lot of success stories like that.”

    CSI president Kevin Show has signed on as a Four Corners mentor. “It’s a wonderful organization whose goals are shared by CSI,” Shaw says. “I encourage other members to get involved as it’s a great way to give back to the industry and help others.”

    For more information on becoming a Four Corners mentor, visit https://www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk/contact.


  • 04 February 2021 18:31 | Anonymous

    The Colorist Society International (CSI) has appointed Lynette Duensing to a position as Fellow. Duensing is being recognized for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the craft of color across a highly productive career spanning more than 30 years. Other CSI Fellows include Dale Grahn, Lou Levinson, Charles Poynton, Walter Volpatto and Kevin Shaw.

    Duensing has worked as a senior colorist in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Shanghai and is accomplished in grading theatrical trailers, feature film DIs, television commercials and music videos. Her early credits include the landmark Nirvana video Smells Like Teen Spirit. More recently, she has applied her artistic touch and technical acumen to restoration projects including the film noir classic Private Property and Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie. As Senior Colorist at Instinctual in Hollywood her projects include theatrical trailers for Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, Tristar and Sony Pictures Animation.

    CSI board member Sarah Priestnall calls Duensing a pioneer of the post-production industry. “We worked together early in our careers; she was the first female colorist I met,” Priestnall says. “Today, there are several very successful women colorists. Lynette blazed that trail through the quality of her work and as a mentor and role model.”

    The first woman to be named a CSI Fellow, Duensing will work to attract more members among women and other under-represented groups. She will also focus on gender equity and education. “What most interests me is mentoring young, up-and-coming talent,” she says. “I’m impressed with CSI’s commitment to education and inclusion, and I want to support their efforts to recruit more women and broaden membership.”

    Duensing learned her craft at post houses in Los Angeles and later spent 15 years in Detroit and Chicago, primarily working on advertising projects. She spent a year in Shanghai grading international advertising campaigns for a joint venture startup of Technicolor and the Shanghai Film Group. She returned to Los Angeles in 2013 and since then has tackled a range of projects including features, commercials, restorations, promos, trailers and digital media.

    Duensing sees her role as CSI Fellow as an opportunity to advocate on behalf of the craft of colorist. “CSI has taken a lead role in promoting the interests of colorists through its campaign to add a colorist section to IMDB listings and to gain greater recognition from the Academy,” she notes. “I’m on board with all of that and it’s why I am so excited to be a Fellow.”


    Duensing's Theatrical Trailer Color Grade Projects for Sony Pictures Animation 

  • 28 January 2021 21:53 | Anonymous

    The CSI Colorist Mixer, held in December as a 24-hour, virtual event, was a huge success. It included 26 sessions across diverse subjects and drew hundreds of participants from around the globe.

    In case you missed—or wish to see it again—individual sessions are available for viewing on the iColorist website.


    Highlights include:

    • Grading in Hollywood. A keynote address from Mark Tod Osborne and Walter Volpatto, two of the industry’s most accomplished colorists, who offered insight into the state of our profession, and CSI’s role in its future.  
    • Women in Film. Colorists Junbin Chen, Andrea Chlebak and CJ Dobson joined Sarah Priestnall in a discussion of their remarkable accomplishments and the unique hurdles they had to overcome as women in post-production.
    • People of Color Colorist Bobola Oniwura joined post-production engineer John Bleau in examining the lack of black colorists and how to promote change.

    • Colorist Salaries. Members of CSI’s German Chapter revealed the eye-opening findings of their global survey of colorist salaries and working conditions.
    • Starting a Boutique Post House. Juan Ignacio Cabrera shared his experience in founding the boutique facility, LightBender.
    • Meet CSI ANZ. Warren Eagles, Jarryd Hall, Deirdre McClelland, Luciano Marigo-Spitaleri and David Gibson discussed what led them to found CSI’s newly-formed chapter in Australia and New Zealand.
    • JZ Speaks. Technology guru Joachim Zell shed light on the latest developments in post-production workflows, ACES and imaging science.

    • Tips and Tricks. ICA Instructors Diego Yhama, Kevin Shaw, David Catt, Blake Jones, Yuki Ariandi, Francisco Ramos and Warren Eagles share their top new techniques.
    • Technology Demos. SGO, Dolby, Abelcine, Asus, fxphd, Flanders Scientific, Red Giant, Filmworkz and Eclipse Tech showcased their latest tools.
    • Charles Poynton on Terminology.  The final keynote was an engaging discussion lead by Charles on how people have become complacent in their use of words to describe precise technical and perceptual phenomena.


  • 28 January 2021 21:23 | Anonymous

    Lowepost, which provides excellent training in color grading, visual effects and editing, has announced an exclusive offer for CSI members—a 15% discount on their already low-cost courses.

    Courses are available in Da Vinci Resolve, Assimilate, Fairlight and other popular grading platforms, and instructors are highly-successful, working colorists. Among them is CSI Fellow Walter Volpatto, whose credits include Homecoming, The Hateful Eight and Best Picture winner Green Book. Others include Chris Jacobson (Suits, Mulholland Drive), John Daro (Tom and Jerry, The War with Grandpa) and Doug Delaney (Captain Marvel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle).


    Additionally, Lowepost features in-depth articles written by senior colorists from The Mill, MPC, FotoKem, CO3 and other facilities. It also operates forums where you can get advice or exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world. It’s a great resource for anyone seeking to hone their skills or learn something new.


  • 25 November 2020 22:07 | Anonymous

    24-hour, online event to feature an exciting lineup of speakers, demos, networking events and giveaways.

    The Colorist Mixer, previously held in conjunction with NAB Show in the spring and IBC in the fall, will occur this year on December 12, 2020 as an exclusively online event. Organized by CSI and the International Colorist Academy (iColorist), the event will include keynote speakers, technical demonstrations, networking opportunities, giveaways and other events carrying on around the clock and around the globe.


    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/24-hour-online-colorist-mixer-2020-by-csi-icolorist-ica-tickets-127830174493

    “It’s important for people to come together this year,” says CSI President Kevin Shaw. “We are ending 2020 on a positive note and with a unique twist. Our annual mixer will be held online and run a full 24 hours.”

    The online mixer will be held on Zoom and begin at noon UTC-8. Each hour will include a speaker, panel discussion or technical presentation, followed by social events, games and competitions. Breakout rooms will allow attendees to mingle.

    Opening remarks will take the form of an informal chat between CSI president Kevin Shaw and colorists Warren Eagles and Diego Yhama about 2020, a year unlike any other, and what lies ahead for a global post-production industry that’s undergoing radical change.


    Keynote speakers will include Walter Volpatto, CIS, Hollywood; Andreas Brueckl, FutureWorks Media, Mumbai; and Mark Toia, writer/director of the new film Monsters of Man.

    SGO, Dolby, Abelcine, Asus, fxphd, Flanders Scientific, Red Giant, Filmworkz and Eclipse Tech are among the companies offering technology demonstrations on topics including color grading technology, look-development software, HDR displays, remote workflows, cameras and more.


    Other highlights:

    Film Restoration, a spirited session highlighting best practices, insider knowledge and hacks from Marc Wielage, VP color & workflow, Chroma; Gary Adams, product specialist, broadcast and digital film restoration, Blackmagic Design; and Blake Jones, CSI, colorist, editor, instructor and consultant.

    How to Start a Boutique Post House hosted by Juan Ignacio Cabrera, founder and lead colorist of LightBender, Santa Monica.


    Women in Film, a panel discussion with colorists CJ Dobson, Junbin Chen and Andrea Chlebak on their experience as women in post-production. Moderated by CSI board member Sarah Priestnall.

    Meet CSI ANZ, a lively chat with colorists Warren Eagles, Jarryd Hall, Deirdre McClelland, Luciano Marigo-Spitaleri and David Gibson, members of CSI’s newly-formed chapter in Australia and New Zealand.

    JZ Speaks, technology guru Joachim Zell, formerly with EFILM/Deluxe, Technicolor Thomson and Grass Valley, reveals what’s coming next in production and post-production workflows, ACES and imaging science.

    ICA Tips and Tricks 2020, in two sessions ICA Instructors Diego Yhama, Kevin Shaw, David Catt, Blake Jones, Yuki Ariandi, Francisco Ramos and Warren Eagles share their top new techniques and favorite discoveries of the past year.

    Prizes, awarded throughout the day, will include discounts for ICA classes, licenses for Mistika Boutique Professional Immersive Edition, a Resolve V17 Mega Pack, membership to fxphd, memberships to Mixing Light, a Dolby Vision Mastering and Playback license, MultiDock, 4k mini UltraStudio, Red Giant subscriptions, an Asus ProArt Display, machine time from Eclipse Tech, Filmworkz subscriptions and a Dolby Vision Mastering & Playback license.


    Sponsors include Colorist Society International (CSI). International Colorist Academy (iColorist), AbelCine, Asus, Dell Technologies, DolbyVision, Eclipse Tech, FilmConvert, Filmworkz, Flanders Scientific Inc., fxphd, Mixing Light, Portrait Displays, Red Giant and SGO.

  • 23 November 2020 22:05 | Anonymous

    A new CSI Chapter has formed in Germany. The group is led by veteran colorists Fabiana Cardalda, Felix Hüsken, Biggi Klier, Tobias Wiedmer and Dirk Meier, who, collectively, offer impressive credits across features, television, documentaries and advertising. The group is open to colorists living and working in Germany, as well as to the broader German-speaking community around the globe. It has close ties to the German Society of Cinematographers (BVK), which also accepts colorists as members.


    We’re excited to have an active chapter in Germany and wish them success in supporting colorists and building a strong, welcoming community. The officers have already been working toward that goal. Earlier this year, they hosted a gathering of colorists and cinematographers from Germany and the international community at the Berlin International Film Festival for a discussion on HDR and other topical issues. Currently, they are working on a survey of colorists that should be of great interest to all CSI members. Stay tuned!

  • 20 November 2020 21:54 | Anonymous

    CSI welcomes Dell Technologies as an official member of its Friends of CSI corporate sponsors. Dell will support CSI events and initiatives, including the annual Colorist Mixer. It will also take part in CSI-related webinars, podcasts, training sessions and clinics.

    “As a Friend of CSI, Dell Technologies is demonstrating its support for the craft of color,” says CSI president Kevin Shaw. “It’s also tapping into the expertise and goodwill of our members. We look forward to a synergistic relationship that will be good for colorists and benefit the entire post-production industry.”


    Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live, and play. The company provides customers with the industry’s broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.  This includes an extensive range of award-winning Dell monitors that provide the industry’s most advanced monitor technologies, design and key features to help boost reliability and productivity. The top of the range Dell UltraSharp PremierColor monitors offer added features specific to the unique needs of color professionals. 

    Dell Technologies will contribute prizes to the 2020 Colorist Mixer. Jointly sponsored by CSI and the International Colorist Academy (ICA), it will be held December 12th as a 24-hour virtual event, after traditional in-person events associated with NAB and IBC were cancelled due to the pandemic.

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