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Director, writer, and colorist, Alexis Van Hurkman joins me on this episode of the Colorist Podcast.
There’s been many twists and turns in the career of Alexis Van Hurkman. He bounced around from audio, editorial, graphics, and visual effects. Ultimately, each of those steps in his journey contributed to his skills as a colorist. Along with grading his own projects, he’s finished programs for The History Channel, The Learning Channel, BBC Four, and WNET.
Many listeners will recognize Alexis’s book titles, “The Color Correction Handbook” and “The Color Correction Look Book,” as well as the manuals for Apple Color, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve. He’s also created several training titles with Ripple Training, featuring the newest features in Resolve.
This epic podcast was one of the longest I’ve recorded yet. So long, in fact, that I’ve decided to split it up into two separate episodes. There’s a ton of great info and I didn’t want to lose any of it.
In the first part, we talk about:
- The complicated path in becoming a colorist
- How writing increased his color knowledge and skills
- How he ended up working at Apple
- Working with and without a color control panel
- How the Fairlight page effects colorists
- Parallels between audio and color
- Learning to work in a client-driven environment
- Visual Effects and how it contributes to a colorist’s skills
- Starting his own one man boutique grading facility