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A little background on Colorist Instructor Giles Livesey…

I’m a long time colorist for cinema/TV but now I also train others to be colorists. I’m regularly lead demonstrator for DaVinci Resolve at major industry conferences and love to help where I can with feedback to improve their amazing software. Here’s a little about how I started in the film industry…

The beginning of a Colourist/Colorist…
I was promoted to Colourist around 1996 whilst working for a new and ambitious Commercials post-production company called ‘The House’ in Soho (London, UK) using one of the only DaVinci color grading systems in the UK at that time (costing a fortune then!). Always keen to learn, I have used and operated many Telecine and Non-Linear Grading systems working on a mixture of TV Commercials, Cinema release feature films (DI), TV Shows and Music Videos.

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Hollywood and the big screen…
In 2001 I joined an exciting London start-up company called Digital Film Lab headed by the brilliant Kris Kolodziejski and a great team with a family atmosphere. The company specialised in editing, color grading and VFX for cinema (known as Digital Intermediate process or D.I.) with a mother company based in Copenhagen. I was very fortunate to be the first Colorist in UK to produce entire digitally graded movies primarily for Cinema. I pitched grading tests for and won several Hollywood movies with them like ‘Tomb Raider’ (Lara Croft) and ‘Underworld’ It was a challenging new world and a very exciting time to be involved in such cutting-edge technology. One of the highlights for me was suddenly noticing two movies that I’d color graded highlighted in huge letters side by side at a cinema in central London.

After three busy years of D.I. movies I was headhunted to join Moving Picture company (MPC) in London using Quantel iQ to add to the expertise of their renowned film department and got the opportunity to work 2K ‘non-linear’ finishing from an early stage. Again, swapping to a new platform within days and handling challenging films was certainly exciting. We competed for and graded many top European and Hollywood feature films. Together with MPC’s amazing film effects department we finished some really great movies.

In addition to the movies listed in my portfolio I also had the opportunity to do additional grading and effects sequences for ‘Troy’, ‘Around the world in 80 days’, ‘Wimbledon’, ‘Code 46’ in addition to pitching to help win productions like ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Alien Versus Predator’ and ‘Wallace and Grommet’.

After leaving London in 2005 I spent a few years freelancing around the world. I joined Quantel (Now S.A.M.) later to help them develop and promote their Pablo Neo 4K Grading system and travelled extensively training post-production studios and promoting their 4K finishing and 3D stereoscopic products to international markets. Between freelance color grading projects I’ve often worked with grading system manufacturers and re-sellers over the last eight years as a consultant and provided professional in-house colorist instruction and mentoring for major TV and film post-production clients worldwide.

DaVinci Resolve and training others…
Since 2010 I’ve been mostly focused on teaching new Colorists learning Davinci Resolve from Blackmagic Design. I’ve worked closely with Blackmagic as the lead demonstrator at most of their major trade-shows and exhibitions highlighting their amazing new features and providing operational insights for the audiences. The beauty of Resolve is that it has democratised Color grading and editing providing a powerful platform that anyone can enjoy working with. It’s my goal to pass on some of my extensive knowledge of color and handling challenging projects onto those that learn from me (beyond the literal maze of snippets that you can find online).

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