About Me

I divide my time working as a writer, director, and colorist. Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, I do color correction for a wide variety of broadcast programming including narrative and documentary features and shorts, spots, and experimental subjects. I’ve color-corrected programs that have aired on The History Channel, The Learning Channel, BBC Four, and WNET; features and shorts I’ve graded have played at the Telluride, Sundance, Tribeca, Hamptons, and Amsterdam film festivals, among many others; video art pieces I’ve worked on have been exhibited at the NYC Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art, and San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. You can check my IMDB listing to see my latest specific credits.

As a director, my hands-on knowledge of the postproduction process lets me maximize resources by taking advantage of technology to improve what’s being done on set, while avoiding over-reliance on “fix-it-in-post” solutions that are more expensive (and painful) to do later. My feature “Four Weeks, Four Hours” screened at Manhattan’s NewFilmmakers series, and the Colorado Breckenridge, Salento Italy, Portland Longbaugh, Toronto ReelHeART, Hollywood FAIF, and San Fernando Valley film festivals. I’ve just finished “The Place Where You Live,” a 15 minute science fiction short which is playing film festivals in 2014-15, and I’m in development on Starship Detritus, an animated science fiction series.

I also write extensively about color correction and post-production. My best selling work is the increasingly popular “Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema” (Peachpit Press). Other books include the color correction and finishing section of “Final Cut Pro X: Advanced Editing” co-authored with Michael Wohl and Mark Spencer, the “Encyclopedia of Color Correction,” and “Advanced Color Correction and Effects in Final Cut Pro.” For a while I wrote a color grading column in”Edit Well” (now excerpted in Edit Well: Final Cut StudioTechniques from the Pros). Working for Blackmagic/DaVinci, I updated the user manual for DaVinci Resolve 8, and then rewrote the manual entirely for Resolve 9. Working for Apple computer, I wrote Final Cut Studio: Workflows, as well as the user manuals for Color 1.0 and 1.5, Shake 4, and Final Cut Pro versions 2, 3, and 4. On behalf of RED DIGITAL CINEMA, I also wrote and updated three versions of the  RED Final Cut Studio Whitepaper.

Finally, I enjoy various opportunities to teach and present, having given seminars in color correction theory and practice for the Graduate Film Division at NYC’s Columbia University, and having led US and international train-the-trainer (T3) classes in Color, Shake, and Final Cut Pro for Apple.

I’ve spoken on digital color management and color grading for film and video at NAB, and have presented at the London, Boston, and Las Vegas SuperMeets. Additionally, I’ve taught color correction technique at DV Expo in NYC and LA, and have given classes and presentations on color correction at Michigan’s Postapaloosa conference, New York’s Tekserve, the After Effects NYC and Mopictive users groups, NRK, Norway’s Broadcast Mountain symposium, Sweden’s Dramatiska Institutet, and other venues.