Colorist Society (CSI) will host a Colorist Mixer on September 16 in Amsterdam in tandem with this year’s International Broadcasters Convention. Open to all, the Mixer will be held at Arti et Amicitiae, the historic former home of a Dutch artist's society in Rokin. Highlights will include a raffle with prizes provided by Colorist Society sponsors. The popular Colorist Quiz will be held as a team event with participants assigned to teams by color.
Colorist Society is now issuing Certificates of Membership to all full members. The certificate identifies the recipient as part of an international organization of elite color professionals dedicated to advancing the craft of color. Eligible members will soon receive a paper copy of their certificate in the mail.
In developing the certificate program, CSI is also encouraging members to take advantage of all the organization has to offer. “Join your local chapter,” says CSI president Kevin Shaw. “If there is no chapter in your area, we will help you form one. We invite you to take part in our annual Colorist Mixer at NAB and our many other in-person and online events.”
CSI is an excellent conduit for sharing experiences with industry colleagues and accessing advice and employment leads from industry peers. Members should submit credits on a regular basis to ensure they are included in the CSI database. CSI membership also includes certain discounts from sponsors for gear, training and more.
“The success of our organization is wholly dependent on the active involvement of our members,” notes Shaw. “We’re excited to have you on board. Going forward, feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions or concerns you might have.
Colorist Mixer at Camerimage
Colorist Society will host a Colorist Mixer in tandem with FilmLight and the FilmLight Colour Awards at this year’s EnergaCAMERIMAGE festival in Poland. The free event is slated for Monday, November 13, from 6:00 – 10:00pm CET at Mission Bar in Tourin.
The Mixer will feature a panel discussion among finalists in the FilmLight Colour Awards. We are expecting a large crowd, including members of the recently formed CSI Poland chapter. Reservations and further information will be available soon.
FilmLight is currently accepting entries for the 2023 FilmLight Colour Awards. The awards, which are open to colourists on any grading system, will be presented at the International Film Festival EnergaCAMERIMAGE in November.
The 2023 awards will celebrate colorists across five categories – theatrical feature; television series/episodic; commercial; music video; and the Spotlight award for colorists working under the constraints of lower budget projects.
At this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, CSI Fellow Lou Levinson took part in a thought-provoking panel discussion on remote collaboration and grading in the cloud. Sponsored by SMPTE, the session also featured FilmLight Managing Director of the Americas Peter Postma and AWS Senior Specialist Solutions Architect Marlon Campos.
Moderator Debra Kaufman asked the panel about the benefits and limitations to cloud-based workflows. Postma noted that recent software and hardware improvements have reduced but not eliminated issues with latency, bandwidth and compression, making cloud grading a more practical option than in the past. But it still works best when storage and virtual resources and located close to the user—across town rather than on the other side of the world. Campos added that AWS has been building data centers at strategic locations around the world. “In some Local Zones, we have reduced latency to single milliseconds,” he said.
On July 20, Blackmagic Design and IntekTV hosted South America’s first ever Colorist Mixer at Country Club Lima in Peru. Held in conjunction with Blackmagic Week, the event drew an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 60 people from across Latin American, including more than 20 colorists. It was also streamed with the help of the Davinci Resolve Latino community.
Diego Yhama, CSI, founder of Estudio Roco, Bogota, and creator of the podcast Coloristas Hispanos, acted as host and gave an informative talk on AI-assisted color grading. He was then joined by Peruvian colorist Miguel Mendez, CSI, Chilean colorist Wawin Arriagada, and Argentinian colorist Cecilia Belliz, CSI for a discussion about opportunities in Peru’s growing post-production community. That was followed by networking and socializing.
The availability of powerful, and relatively low-cost color grading software is contributing to the growth of the post-production industry worldwide and enabling colorists everywhere to expand their skill sets. A prime example of both these trends is colorist and new CSI member Bilal Ahmed who has developed an impressive resume in his hometown of Baghdad, Iraq, a city not often thought of as a media production center.
A graduate of the University of Baghdad’s College of Fine Arts, Habib began his career as an editor and later founded Mesopotamia Cinematheque, the first library to build a catalog of Iraqi cinema. More recently, he developed an interest in color grading and taught himself to use Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve. In 2021, he became the first Iraqi colorist to be certified as a DaVinci Resolve trainer. “I worked for years as an editor at a satellite television station, but I loved cinema,” Habib recalls. “I wanted to learn how to color movies, but grading systems were too expensive until I found Resolve.”
CSI Sponsor Hedge Introduces Workflow Tools at NAB
A CSI sponsor for the past three years, Hedge has attracted a growing user base for its innovative workflow solutions that address such disparate tasks as backup and archiving of camera media, camera reports, transcoding, editing in the cloud, bin locking, media storage and more. Colorists may be familiar with its product ScopeBox, used for generating scopes without hardware.
ACES was the subject of a long and in-depth virtual roundtable on the state of the art of color workflows in PostPerspective.
ASUS published an Introduction to ProArt Calibration, Setup and Operation
Blackmagic Design announced the release of DaVinci Resolve 18.5.
Dell Technologies announced accessories for its A32-inch Apple Pro Display XDR
Icolorist announced its latest on-demand classes.
LG Ultrafine announced that its C2 came out on top of Filmmaking Elements list of best color grading monitors for Davinci Resolve in 2023.
Mixing Light is offering new standalone training courses for Davinci Resolve.
Portrait Displays is partnering the SmallHD to make the first Calman-ready reference monitor.
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