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Colorist Society International will host an interactive panel discussion on color management and HDR workflows at NAB 2019 in Las Vegas. CSI president Kevin Shaw and board member Hugh Heinsohn will moderate the event, part of NAB’s new Birds of a Feather program. It’s slated for Monday, April 8th at 3:30 pm in room N243 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The advent of HDR offers exciting possibilities for more dynamic imagery, but also poses challenges for managing color. The proper color workflow is essential to ensure that creative intent is maintained as projects proceed through production, post and, ultimately, delivery to consumers across diverse media. A panel of experts will discuss best practices for color management and workflows on the set, during visual effects and animation, and in the color grading suite. It’s an opportunity for colorists, finishing editors and others involved in post-production (as well as cinematographers, directors and producers) to gain insight into a changes that are likely to dominate the industry for years to come.

Joining Shaw and Heinsohn as panelists will be Ayumi Ashley, Lead Colorist, Ntropic; Robbie Carmen, Lead Colorist and owner, DC Color; Andrea Chlebak, Senior Colorist, Deluxe (Encore Hollywood and EFILM); Alexis Van Hurkman , editor, colorist and author; and Fernando Medellin C.A.M. / C.S.I., Senior Colorist, Óxido. Technicolor's Josh Pines has just confirmed that he will also be one of the panelists featured in this this session.

Titled "What Are the Best Ways to Manage Color for HDR and Multiple Deliverables?", the event is free to NAB attendees. Complimentary beer and wine will be served afterwards starting at 4:30 pm.

CSI will also be among the sponsors of NAB’s 7th Annual Colorist Mixer, scheduled for Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 pm at Virgil's BBQ on the Linq Promenade. The popular event is an opportunity to meet and make friends, and chat with representatives of companies who make the tools and software used by colorists every day. It also features a raffle with lots of cool prizes. The event is sold out but you can join the waitlist here.

And don’t miss…

  • Kevin Shaw at the Blackmagic Design Press Conference, Monday, April 8th at 9:00 am, SL216
  • Sarah Priestnall on Post TV, Monday, April 8th at 11:30 am
  • Kevin Shaw at ASUS discussing affordable HDR, Tuesday, April 9th at 2:00 pm, SL 15110
  • Kevin Shaw at Dolby discussing Dolby Vision, Wednesday, April 10th at 5:00 pm, SU1702
  • Kevin Shaw on NAB Live, Thursday, April 11th at 9:00 am

CSI has also arranged special colorist meetings on Wednesday, April 10th with FilmLight at 1:30 pm, SL4105 and BlackMagic Design at 3:00 pm, SL216. All are welcome.

CSI’s Sarah Priestnall Talks Membership
and Oscars in LA

CSI Board Member Sarah Priestnall led a Q&A session at a Colorist Meetup event held February 28th at Abel Cine in Burbank. In a wide-ranging discussion, Priestnall talked about the origins of the organization and its aim, and answered questions about membership and forming local chapters. The talk also delved into the potential of adding a category for color grading to the Academy Awards. The more than 40 professionals on hand included CSI members Walter Volpatto and Michael Mintz. The evening also included a presentation from Color Intelligence’s Dado Valentic on JOI, an AI-driven color assist for dailies.

CSI meeting in Montreal — April 25th

Montreal is keen to form a local CSI chapter and host local colorist meetings. On April 25th Kevin Shaw will attend and present a short introduction to color management. The presentation will be followed by informal discussions and networking. For more information contact Mathieu Marano.

CSI’s Walter Volpatto Colors
Oscar Winner "Green Book"

CSI congratulates its member, Walter Volpatto, on the success of Green Book, the Best Picture winner at this year’s Academy Awards™. Volpatto performed final grading for the film, working under the supervision of director Peter Farrelly and cinematographer Sean Porter. Currently at EFilm, he was born in Turin and began his career at Cinecitta in Rome. He now has nearly 100 features to his credit. It’s an impressive body of work, including such titles as Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi, Dunkirk and The Hateful Eight. Since coming off Green Book¸ he has worked on The Beach Bum and the television series The Homecoming.

News from China

CSI member Nikola Stefanovic was recently profiled in Post Magazine. He reflects on a career that has taken him from his native Serbia to South Korea and, now, China, where he is senior colorist at MPC Shanghai. He offers interesting insight into the burgeoning Chinese advertising industry, which, he says, has "no rules." He also describes the grade for the recent Serbian sci-fi thriller A.I. Rising from first-time director Lazar Bodroza, who was named Best Director at the FEST International Film Festival in Belgrade.

Check out the full interview here.

CSI New York Launches April 4th

The Colorist Society International’s New York Chapter hosted its first meeting on April 4th at The Penny Farthing at 103 3rd Avenue (at 13th). Be sure to watch for notices about the next meeting of our newest CSI chapter!

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