(Las Vegas, Nevada--April 20, 2016) Motion Picture and Television Colorists Jim Wicks and Kevin Shaw are excited to announce the first professional association for colorists with the launch of Colorist Society International. Colorist Society International (also known as CSI) is the first organization devoted exclusively to furthering and honoring the professional achievements of the colorist community.
Colorist Society International represents professional colorists and promotes the creative art and science of color grading, restoration and finishing. It is not a labor union or guild, but an educational and cultural resource. CSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the craft, education, and public awareness of the art and science of color grading and color correction.
The Colorist Society International is a paid membership organization that will seek to increase the entertainment value of film and digital projects by attaining artistic pre-eminence and scientific achievement in the creative art of color; and to bring into close alliance those color artists who desire to advance the prestige and dignity of the color profession.
CSI was launched by Wicks and Shaw at the opening of NAB2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"The colorist community has been growing for quite some time," said Kevin Shaw, co-founder. "We believe that a society by, for, and about colorists is long overdue. Current representation for colorists is fragmented and we feel that the industry would be better served with the coherent voice of the Colorist Society International"
"The notion of a colorist society is not far fetched," said Jim Wicks, co-founder. "In much the same way, directors, cinematographers, and editors - the artists that we work closely with - have their own professional associations, each with similar mission statements and objectives."
The official name is Colorist Society International, however it can also be abbreviated to The Colorist Society, or by its acronym CSI.
Membership is open to professional colorists, editor/colorists, DITs, telecine operators, color timers, finishers, and color scientists. Corporate sponsors and members from alliance organizations, such as cinematographers, directors, producers, are also welcome.