LONDON— Blackmagic Design and IntekTV are hosting a Colorist Mixer on July 20th at 5:00 pm at Country Club Lima Hotel in Lima, Peru as part of Blackmagic Week. Diego Yhama, CSI, founder of Estudio Roco, Bogota, and creator of the podcast Coloristas Hispanos, will host the event and give a talk on AI-assisted color grading.
Yhama will be joined by two Peruvian colorists, Wawin Arriagada and Miguel Mendez, CSI, who will discuss Peru’s growing post-production industry and offer tips on HDR grading and other topics. That will be followed by networking and socializing. “There’s never been a Colorist Mixer in Peru,” says Yhama. “It’s a great opportunity to begin building a professional community.” Registration for Blackmagic Week is available here.
Yhama is currently leading an effort to raise the profile of colorists in South America through membership in CSI. “There are colorists in countries across South America, but they are hard for producers to find,” he explains. “Membership in CSI will give them greater visibility and better access to projects. We’re stronger together.” He is currently working with the officers of CSI Argentina to create a chapter open to Spanish-speaking colorists throughout the region. “We’re from different countries, but we have the same goals. We are stronger together.”
Although local film and television production is growing, South American countries continue to get much of their content from the United States and other foreign suppliers. The development of a community of colorists and other professionals may help tip the balance in the other direction. “Colorists here and not only highly skilled, they also bring cultural experience and understanding,” Yhama observes. “Events like Blackmagic Week and the Colorist Mixer are important because they provide training and information in our language. The amount of television and film production in Spanish will continue to grow and we want to be ready for it.”
About the Colorist Society
Colorist Society (CSI) is the first professional society devoted exclusively to furthering and honoring the professional achievements of colorists. It is an educational and cultural resource to the colorist community, the entertainment industry and the public. Membership is open to professional colorists, DITs, telecine operators, color timers, finishers, restoration artists and color scientists. CSI hosts regular meetings as chapters worldwide. It also is a regular participant in industry trade shows and other events. The organization is currently planning an awards competition to honor outstanding achievement to the art and science of color grading.