Colorist Inspiration – January 2019

February 9, 2019

Every year Dan looks back at the previous year and shares his greatest successes. This year, he focuses on his most memorable jobs.


Revisiting 2018: Most Memorable Jobs

Long time members of Mixing Light know that I’m quite fond of checking out my own progress at the start of a new year. I find that it helps me see whether I’ve grown as a colourist, if I used my knowledge as best as possible, whether there are techniques I’ve forgotten that I could pick up once again, and to identify areas I have weakened or need strengthening.

Looking back, 2018 was a great and challenging year for me. It was my first year as a independent colourist out on my own. In simple terms. I loved it.

I struggled heavily with the business side but the reward of having control of my bookings and being able to do all the jobs I want was totally worth it. I worked on music videos for lots of my favourite bands, got to work on every single job for my friends and generally graded better than ever.

Last time I wrote a list like this it was based on my “best” grades. This year I’m listing them slightly differently and basing them on the most memorable grades of the year. It can be a grade that was particularly good, or how I got the job, or I just had a lot of fun during the process! Let’s see what’s most memorable (for me) from 2018 (and why)…


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  • Alina B

    Thanks Dan! Love reading your honest commentary.

  • Brian Singler

    Dan, would love to know even as estimate of how long you spent on each of these. Always trying to figure out how much you can do in the time clients allot you (which seems to be shrinking)…

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