Selected Skills
  • Color Management
  • HDR
What I Do
  • Feature Documentary
  • Feature Narrative
  • Short Films

Cullen Kelly is a Los Angeles-based senior colorist with credits spanning film, television, and commercials, for clients and outlets including Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Microsoft, American Airlines, and Apple. With a background in image science as well as the arts, he’s passionate about the intersection of the creative and technical, and its role in great visual storytelling. In addition to his grading work, Cullen teaches and writes about color for Blackmagic Design, Frame.io, and several universities in the LA area. He’s also the creator of Colloid, a custom suite of Resolve plug-ins for working colorists.

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Live Call - Coding DCTLs Wrap-Up Discussion with Cullen Kelly

On Thursday join Cullen Kelly for a live Q&A conference call about coding DCTLs. This wraps up our 10-part intro series on coding for Resolve.

Creative Coding with DCTL Part 9 – Adding A Visual Curve Overlay

Colorist Cullen Kelly finishes off coding a split-toning Resolve DCTL plugin with a visual overlay showing how the RGB channels are modified.

Creative Coding with DCTL Part 8 - Refining UI Parameters

Colorist Cullen Kelly finished defining his Davinci Resolve DCTL plugin. Learn how he tweaks the interface, eliminating 'dead zones.'

Creative Coding with DCTL Part 7 - Adding Split Toning

In Part 7, Colorist Cullen Kelly shows how to add split-toning into the custom DCTL. Then he debugs and commits it to the main GitHub branch.

Creative Coding With DCTL: Part 6

In part 6 of his ongoing series, Cullen Kelly explores how to combine two separate DCTLs for increased user functionality without adding complexity.

Creative Coding With DCTL: Part 5

In part 5 of his ongoing series on coding DCTLs, Cullen starts to get into the thick of the tool he's creating - exploring how to define and code contrast.

Creative Coding with DCTL: Part 4

In part four of his ongoing series on creating DCTLs, Cullen Kelly builds upon work done to create a static DCTL by adding user adjustable controls.

Creative Coding With DCTL: Part 3

In part 3 of this ongoing series, with foundational knowledge in place, start coding your first DCTL a colorist Cullen Kelly guides you step by step.

Creative Coding With DCTL: Part 2

In Part 2 of his series on coding DCTLs, Cullen Kelly covers some additional setup and tools you'll need to successfully build DCTLs

Creative Coding With DCTL: Part 1

Cullen Kelly kicks off a new exciting series about DCTL coding. Learn the vocabulary, syntax, and techniques to create DCTLs to aid your color grading.

Inside the Grade: The First Pass On A Feature Film

Watch over the shoulder of senior colorist Cullen Kelly as he works through his first pass on a feature film and shares his approach.

Look Development Part 3: Sweetening The Color Palette

In the last installment of his series on the essentials of look development, Cullen Kelly guides you through the concept of preferential color mapping.

Look Development Part 2: Dialing In The Contrast Curve

In Part 2 of his series, Cullen Kelly takes a look at dialing in the contrast curve for a look with the new HDR Zone tool in Davinci Resolve 17.

Look Development: Part 1

Learn how to establish good color management and clear definitions for your look development workflow.

Working With Reference Images Part 3: Building The Look

Cullen shows how to put the analysis of reference images + analysis of shots on the timeline together to create a cohesive, matching look.

Working With Reference Images: Evaluating Camera Source Footage

In Part 2 learn how you can evaluate the source footage on your timeline to answer: Is this footage a good match for our references?

Working With Reference Images: Part 1

In part 1 of a new series, learn the essentials of how to interpret and read references for contrast, tonality, and other key factors.

The 10-Minute Grade: Shot Balancing

In this installment of The 10-Minute Grade, Cullen Kelly walks you thru a few different techniques to quickly get shots balanced when time is of the essence

The 10-Minute Grade: Global Contrast

In the first installment of a new series, Cullen Kelly shares his strategies for quickly getting a grade on its feet by creating global contrast

Three Strategies for Increasing Color Separation in DaVinci Resolve

Do your images need to look more colorful? In this Insight, learn 3 color separation tools for increasing perceptual colorfulness.

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