This was the first in-house job I was asked to do by a producer in work. Her client Max Jourdan who works on a lot of factual TV shows for RAW had a short film he wanted graded.

I did this in my own time on weekends/evenings etc. I met with Max a few times to see what style he wanted. It was shot very well on Alexa which is a beaut to grade. The most challenging thing was match grading some close up and wideshots where light had changed.

There was also a few day-time shots I had to cheat and make night time e.g. the shots in the forest and outside the pub. I was pretty proud of them!

It was a fun grade. I quite like dark and moody. If I’d to do it again I think I go more with the dark and shadows, I held back a bit. Meeting the DOP helped, I could gauge he wanted it darker than how I had originally graded it.

My favourite shots are the at the beginning in the bedroom with the stitches. Gruesome, but I love that dusty look.

I was asked to come up with a video that incorporated ice cream into it in a way that linked it to real life.

It’s for a collective called the I SCREAM FACTORY which do very cool exhibitions using different mediums from photography to science.

I am doing a video in my video portraiture style using ice cream and kissing. Yes kissing. This will be a fun video to edit. I shot a few of my good friends, one of them a married couple (I didn’t force strangers to kiss this time, I know that’s all the rage at the moment, a haw haw guffaw).

My friend Nuno works in the Tea Building in Shoreditch which an amazing building that overlooks east London. They had all the equipment, wide open plan spaces with beautiful light and mostly importantly…a freezer. Important for ice cream maintenance. A lot of ice cream was consumed. 

I shot everything on Canon cameras using a wide angle for general shots and a macro lens for those beauty up close and personal licking shots. Sexy eh? I usually shoot Nikon so it was an interesting shift. They feel different. 

I’ll keep updating my progress on the video. This is the first time I’m doing a video for someone else to be a part of their exhibition and concept. Let’s see if I can pull it off for them!

Match Grading…the turmoil

So today I had a mega amount of grading to do…well bits and bobs (still an assistant, I know, didn’t achieve the goal in 24hours, for shame, bits and bobs are my thing)

I arrived in this morning to a job of matching grading about 44 shots for a re-versioning of a documentary series about Mongolia and China, exploring. That’s not really the point. Well, when trawling through the grade scenes of the previous episodes there are a lot of shots of the same person…walking somewhere. Difficult to spot the shot you want. Which is a lot of what I have to do at times, re-applying grades.

Match grading is okay if the shots exist already in the show. If not you have to try and find something similar and probably tweak a bit. My problem is not having the confidence to mess with one of the colourist’s grade. Also, if you don’t know what shots are coming before or after that clip…it’s a bit unnerving since grading is all about continuity of style and colour. 

One of the senior colourists sat with me and started helping, though it did just make me a tad more nervous. He didn’t have a job today, he had a coffee though, that wafted beautiful caffeinated fumes (I hadn’t had my morning coffee yet)

I’m a bit tentative and if I speed up I just go blind. Speed blindness in mere panic of not being seen as slow. He was giving some good advice of tweaking based on the shots I was given in the sequence. Then, if unsure, ask the online editor to let you know if they don’t work when they are dropping the shots into the programme. Good idea. If I make a mistake, it can be solved.

It all worked out. 

I also did a lot of ingesting of clips and shots for a sci-fi show and prepping the sequence. This involves applying EDLs (Edit Decision Lists) and putting markers in. Never underestimate the beauty of markers. I quite like just being that super efficient assistant for the colourists. It goes down well. A lot of the time the D the colourist I was assisting today would ring asking me to do a job for him…but I had already done. It goes down well. 

I graded two new shots for a British show today as well, again super fast, in and out of grade for the online editor who had to play the master tape out. We work with tapes still. Good old longform television.

This means a single tweaked shot goes out of the online suite onto the conform tape, from the conform tape into the grading suite, out of the grading suite onto the DCP and from the DCP back into the online suite. *breathes* See?

I spent most of my day in the grading suite today. I was very happy. I’m not officially called the grading assistant yet, despite that being what I do all day usually. I call myself it. In fact a lot of what I do is often junior colourist type work. But D the colourist said he would put in a word about. I appreciated that. You need someone to have your back or you’ll get lost sometimes.

I’m going to see if P can train me tomorrow. He doesn’t have a job on and I want to see how he grades a TV show by going through an old programme already done. I want to see the approach he takes and the decisions he makes about what needs to be done to a clip and a show as a whole. 


Colourist in-training ramblings!

I am going to attempt to document my time learning and crafting my trade in colour grading in this wonderful energy zapping brain melting beautifully disgusting industry of TV and Film.

I’m currently a colour grading assistant in a post production house in Soho, London. Assisting the colourists from day to day, working with Baselight, tape decks and busy TV schedules and workflows to make sure all of those images on the peoples’ televisual screen look rather lovely to the eye.

I’ve always graded my own video work, documentaries to my own branded video portraiture (which I’m still doing and aim to continue to do…)

But, I aim to become a full time colourist.

Not just an assistant. 

I’ve only been in the industry…per se, officially, for coming up to a year. But I want to document my path. Mostly for me, I doubt anyone else will get much enjoyment from my ramblings of climbing the slippery steep rootless ladder that is the media industry.

But I shall endeavor. I tend to learn something new nearly every day.

My current goal: to become a  junior colourist in the next year (a big ask…yes)

Let’s see how long this will take…

Preferably under a year.

I had to find an internship as part of the Masters course I am doing. So I went into Envy Post Production yesterday in Soho and…I have a secured an internship with them for the New Year!! Time to get my edit on. I’m so happy, I’ve wanted to work in there for so long.

I’ll explain more about what they do…but check out one of their showreels. I’m terribly excited.

Attempting to wash my dog…Jake. The Dog. The Fluff.

I realise this isn’t the most professional of videos I have shot. I am in my pyjamas and washing a dog so I feel I can be excused. Oh and that’s my sister.

My dog also has a camera-phobia which probably added a bit to the stress. I love Mister Jake,