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Behind the Lens by Jay Holben

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5.7Colorful Communication: Working with a Colorist

In today’s digital age, the concept of “do it yourself” has been taken to a new level; especially if you listen to the product manufacturers. Ten years ago, what would take a small army of specialized individuals, can now be accomplished by a single person on their own home computer! However, just because one can do everything doesn’t mean one should do everything. There are still aspects of creative production best left to specialized individuals and one of those remains firmly in the hands of the colorist.

As a former film cinematographer, the concept of a colorist or color timer is something that I’ve grown up with. When shooting film, it is an impossible step to skip; someone has to set the ...

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