Interview: Oscar-Winning International Colourist Hootan Hagshenas CSI

January 11, 2024

Senior Colorist Hootan Hagshenas CSI discusses his career, scene-referred workflows, Baselight / Resolve, & colour styles across cultures.


Learning Different Colour Styles from Around The World

Today I talked to Hootan Haghshenas, CSI. He’s a senior colourist with extensive credits, including the Oscar-Winner “The Salesman”, plus many feature films, music videos, and documentaries. His clients include Netflix, Disney, National Geographic, and more.

He studied cinematography at the Art University of Tehran. Hootan is also an accomplished photographer with a Masters in Photography from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Key takeaways from this Insight

  • The value of knowing when to start over
  • What can be learned by working around the world
  • How popular looks differ in various countries
  • How Scene-Referred Grading changed the game
  • Why it’s important to try different colour management pipelines and tools
  • How to meet new people and develop relationships to find work
  • The benefits of working remotely
  • Considerations for trustworthy color for remote clients

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– Kali


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