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 post-production 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 most recent film, “The Place Where You Live,” a 12 minute effects-intensive science fiction short, played 18 film festivals in 2014-15. My gritty survival feature “Four Weeks, Four Hours” screened at festivals worldwide in 2006, including Manhattan’s NewFilmmakers series, and the Colorado Breckenridge, Salento Italy, Portland Longbaugh, Toronto ReelHeART, Hollywood FAIF, and San Fernando Valley film festivals. I’m currently hard at work in preproduction on my next project, “Last Night in Beijing,” and I continue to labor 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 industry-standard “Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema” (Peachpit Press, now in its second edition), and its companion “Color Correction Look Book.” Working for Blackmagic/DaVinci, I updated the user manual for DaVinci Resolve 8, before rewriting the manual entirely for Resolve 9, revising it through versions 10, 11, 12, and 12.5. Combining my practical and theoretical skill-sets, I also work with the DaVinci Resolve design team, making new feature recommendations and usability suggestions throughout the DaVinci Resolve development cycle.

Past books I’ve written 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.” 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 occasional opportunities to teach and present. I’ve given seminars in color correction theory and practice for the Graduate Film Division at NYC’s Columbia University, lectured on directing and color grading at BIRTV in Beijing, 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. Lastly, I’ve had experience leading US and international train-the-trainer (T3) classes in Color, Shake, and Final Cut Pro for Apple.