Please Don't Feed the Colourists
Images and Sound 113 Grafton Road Grafton Auckland 1010
6pm Drinks - Start at 630pm.

Please Don't Feed the Colourists

In this 101, we will demystify how to prepare for a colour grade, and how to work with that strange dark-dwelling creature… The Colourist.

Your speakers:

Colourist Alana Cotton (Wanted, Bellbird, Fresh Eggs, In Dark Places and 2018 NZTV Awards winner Best Post-Production Design)

Director of Photography Simon Raby (Lord of the Rings, Mortal Engines, District 9, Elysium and president of the NZCS)

With Post-Production Producer Samantha Jukes moderating.

We'll cover questions such as:

  • What thinking should I do ahead of starting the grade?
  • Should the same look apply throughout the whole project?
  • Can I chop and change from scene to scene, depending on the mood and setting?
  • Or can I develop and evolve my grade slowly throughout a project?
  • What does it mean to have a colour palette - does every colour in the project need to be part of the same palette?
  • How much do I need to consider palette prior to deciding wardrobe and production design, and shooting? How much does this get figured out in the grade?
  • How much should I run on gut feeling, and how much should I follow a discipline?
  • What if I don't know what I'm doing? Do I need to make all the decisions, and if so, how do I learn enough to do that?
  • How do I keep objective on colour through a whole session/project, rather than just inadvertently resetting my norm and going further and further in one direction?
  • Gloves off, honestly, what's going to make me look like an idiot?
  • How do we prioritise what we do/know how long we can and should spend on each thing so we get a finished film?
  • What do I need to get right in production so you can actually work with the footage I deliver?
  • I think it looks great straight off the camera/with a LUT on it, what are we even going to do in the grade?

Time-permitting, we may also cover some common turns of phrase you may hear when talking about a grade, e.g. What does crushing the blacks looks like? What does it mean to bring more red into the mids and lift the highs?

This is not a "Wowzah, cool tools!" session; this is about empowering you in your role, so you can feel comfortable and confident working with your colourist to get the best possible grade. You should walk away from this session with real ideas on how to approach colour in your current or next project, to help you get a great result.

This is an "In Conversation", and you are part of that conversation! Please send in your questions beforehand and bring them on the night.

Date:  Wednesday 28 August

Time:  6pm for a 6.30pm start

Members free.  Drinks and nibbles provided. As there are limited seats this workshop is not available for non-members.

Venue:  Images & Sound, 113 Grafton Road, Grafton, Auckland

This is Event is now fully booked a repeat workshop will be held later in the year.

To register interest please email


Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.