Colourists/graders come in near the end of the edit, and must ensure that all shots within a scene and throughout the narrative are colour balanced.

Skills needed

  • Knowledge and proficiency with a range of editing software
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Strong knowledge of a variety of cameras and cinematography
  • Understanding of editing software and techniques
  • Highly experienced in videotape
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to work under pressure 
  • Strong organisational and problem solving skills
  • Able to enhance visuals and narrative through colour alterations

Duties include

  • Balance the luminance and colour saturation of all the shots
  • Maintain the colour continuity within scenes throughout the narrative 
  • Correct photographic issues such as exposure
  • Liaise with clients for the desired visual finish
  • Define and archive a collection of corrections to ensure they can be accessed at a later date

Useful Links

Premium Beat - Colourist

My First Job in TV - Colourist

Production Base - Become a Colourist