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Spring 2020

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Color and COVID-19

Like other workers around the world, many colorists have had to adopt work-at-home solutions as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the globe. On the plus side, high speed internet connections and virtual collaboration and communications tools are available that make it possible, if not ideal, to continue projects from home studios or other remote sites. On the other hand, with film, television and advertising production at a virtual standstill, artists face the prospect of furlough or unemployment once projects that were already shot when the crisis began are complete. Animation and restoration may be exceptions to this bleak outlook, but we all hope for an end to the crisis and a return to some semblance of normalcy…whatever that might mean.

Even as “social distancing” has become our new way of life, CSI is moving forward. As you’ll read below, we are excited to welcome award-winning colorist Walter Volpatto as a CSI Fellow. An effort has also begun to launch a local chapter in Dallas. We are continuing our campaign to have “colorist” recognized as a distinct category on IMDB as well as our efforts to recruit new members and corporate supporters. Additionally, in these challenging times, we encourage members to take advantage of the forum on our website. It is an excellent resource for connecting with colleagues, sharing information about employment opportunities and exchanging tips on working from home and other issues of the day. We also welcome you to use the forum to offer your ideas for making CSI a stronger, more effective organization.

Colorist Walter Volpatto Elevated to CSI Fellow

Veteran colorist Walter Volpatto, CSI has been appointed to the leadership of the Colorist Society International as a Fellow. A senior colorist at EFILM in Hollywood, Volpatto was nominated for a 2019 HPA Award for his work on the film Green Book. His more than 100 credits also include the features Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, Dunkirk, Midway and Independence Day: Resurgence, as well as the television series Homecoming and Queen Sugar. He joins Dale Grahn, Lou Levinson, Charles Poynton, and Kevin Shaw as CSI Fellows.

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CSI Lends Its Support to Green Production Advocate Filmmakers For Future

CSI is getting behind a new initiative to promote environmental sustainability in the motion picture and television industry. Filmmakers For Future (Fm4F) wants to encourage production and post-production operations to lessen their adverse impact on the planet by adopting green practices. It also wants to stimulate dialogue and an exchange of ideas about recycling, renewable energy technologies, green offices and similar topics.

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Member Profile: CJ Dobson, CSI

Relic, the feature debut from Australian director Natalie Erika James, has drawn rave reviews in the wake of its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for its haunting tale of a daughter, a mother and a grandmother dealing with the latter’s dementia. When the elderly Edna (Robin Nevin) goes missing, daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) travel to their remote family home to look for her, only to discover that a sinister force is haunting the house.

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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.

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