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Meet The Artist: Alex MacLean

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This colorist and DI supervisor craves creative work.

NAME: Alexander MacLean (@alexm13)

COMPANY: Berkeley, CA’s Colorflow (www.colorflow.com), @colorflowpost

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
Colorflow is a full-service post company specializing in color grading for independent films, documentaries, long-form television, commercials and other projects. We’re located in a newly built facility in the historic Saul Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley, California. We have three color grading and finishing suites, and a DCI-compliant DI grading theater.

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Colorist and DI supervisor.

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
I wear a few different hats. In my job as colorist, I primarily work on commercials and other short-form projects. As DI Supervisor, I supervise all of the color sessions that we do and help our artists with anything that they need. I develop workflows for their projects and act as technical liaison between them and other vendors, such as visual effects supplies and editors.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
How variable it is. We don’t have a one-size-fits-all workflow. Every job is different. We adapt to the project, no matter how big or small.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
It’s that I’m always learning something new. Things are changing so fast. It seems that every day there are new cameras, codecs and technical specs, so there is always a lot to learn. My job is to keep the company ahead of the curve.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Answering emails. I’d rather be doing creative work, but it has to be done.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
The morning. That’s when I have a chance to review what is going to happen that day or that week. It’s quiet in the morning.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
I’d be a commercial director or a real estate mogul.

WITNESS11

Witness 11

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
I just worked on a cool short film called Witness 11. It takes place in the 1940s. It was fun because it is a period piece and I created a film look to give the audience the sense that they are there. I did a piece for Google about the Jane Goodall Institute in Africa. It played recently at the Jackson Hole Film Festival. It was directed by Denise Zmekhol. She also directed the documentary, Children of the Amazon. I also recently graded some spots for Adidas skateboarding that was shot with the Phantom camera.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
Scratch, Flow (GetFlow.Com) and Wacom tablets (medium size).


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