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Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 9:32 PM

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Could we please have a separate "Colorist Department"

The role of Colorist and related jobs such as color timer, conforming, finishing, versioning, HDR etc. really need to be in their own category. It can be very hard to find who did the grading and finishing on a project, colorists are scattered between editorial, visual effects and maybe some other departments at the moment. Also listing Colorists in editorial is very misleading and confuses people about the responsibilities of the colorists and associates. For a good description of possible colorist duties see https://coloristsociety.com/role-of-the-colorist
Thank you for your support

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142 Points

4 years ago

Rather than adding a Colourist section, I believe that a great solution that adheres to the IMDB categories logic is to add a 'Picture Finishing' section. This way it can cover Colourist, Conform, and DI (and all the various sub roles within each of those categories)

I agree that it doesn't make sense for the colourist (or any of the above-mentioned finishing departments) to live in an editorial. 

30 years ago it may have been that everyone worked in the same dept as that, but nowadays, the editorial dept is very much separate from the people responsible for the finishing of a digital film. 

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Hi Darius, thanks for your comments. It is certainly our intention that the Colorist Department includes Colourist, Conform, and DI (and all the various sub roles within each of those categories) as you say. In one way the name of the department is less important than actually having the category. My opinion is that the Supervising Colorist is the head of that department and the category should be based on that.

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142 Points

I actually think the name is very important. 

The example of the Supervising Colorist being the head of the department is not applicable for productions here in Australia.

Typically in Aus, the post technical supervisor is the head of the finishing department, not the colorist. 

I do agree with the need for a new category (I'm a former colourist myself) but the name needs to be agnostic to the different types of structures for different productions.

I know we are arguing semantics, but given IMDB is an international platform I believe changes like this need to be appropriate for as wider application as possible. 

For that reason, I believe 'Picture Finishing' or something to that irk would be a more appropriate name (and I think it would be more likely to get across the line given IMDB's preference for consistency)

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62 Points

4 years ago

Yes please, this is long overdue! Thx

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60 Points

4 years ago

I completely agree. 👍

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60 Points

4 years ago

+1  for this!

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60 Points

3 years ago

I fully support this idea and encourage IMDb to create a "Color Department" with the following roles:

  • Colorist/Colourist
  • Digital Colorist
  • DI Colorist
  • DI Finishing
  • Supervising Colorist
  • Mastering Colorist
  • Assistant Colorist
  • Dailies Colorist
  • On Set Colorist
  • Conform
  • Color Timer (lab)
  • Finishing Artist
  • HDR Colorist
  • Restoration Artist
  • Look Development
  • Color Scientist
  • Trailer Colorist

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90 Points

3 years ago

Yeah, I am strongly agree with Kevin, Colorist department is the thing that what we need here. It should be added.

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60 Points

3 years ago

Why not? It's a necessity.

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60 Points

3 years ago

I definitely agree. It is a logical and necessary modification that responds to how we work in our industry.

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60 Points

3 years ago

upvote 

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80 Points

3 years ago

Agreed. Can we please have a separate category for Colorist.

Thank you. 

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70 Points

3 years ago

In full agreement, color grading is an extremely creative process, not just a technical one.

Andrea Toy Bonvicini

-cinematographer-

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70 Points

3 years ago

In full agreement, color grading is an extremely creative process, not just a technical one.

Andrea Toy Bonvicini

-cinematographer-

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86 Points

3 years ago

As a colorist that just finished his first distributed feature, the confusion from producers about where to put me in the credits was an interesting experience. A separate department would be outstanding!

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64 Points

3 years ago

Absolutely agree.

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3 years ago

I'm communicating with a colorist and he's asking why his credits fall under numerous categories. Maybe a new category can be created just for colorist?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled New category under Filmography (non acting)?

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@ben_hampel​ thanks for establishing just how confused the colorist credit has become. Given that new categories have been introduced each year, and given that EVERY feature is graded and often finished by the color department, and with respect to the over 600 supporting votes for this petition, I hope IMDB start working on a solution soon. Colorist Society is very happy to work with them to make this happen.

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Having a separate section would also make it easier for me to spot the colorist 'credits' that I need to delete that crop up on titles that were often finished before the applicable colorists were born.

I support this too.

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