Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator
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Living Next Door to Putin Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator
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Meet The Colourist

Sonny Sheridan

Senior Colourist, ENVY, London

After an early career as a child actor, Sonny Sheridan looked to a career in production and post-production. Starting as a runner, he worked his way up to edit assistant before meeting colourist, Aidan Farrell, where his colour grading journey began.

Sonny spent eight years as Farrell’s assistant first at Molinare and then The Farm (now Picture Shop), observing and learning on the job, performing basic grades before getting the opportunity to grade music promos.

His big break came with Craig David: Live at Wembley, which lead to further work grading music content for artists including Madonna, Katy Perry and Oasis. Since then, Sonny has worked on a wide range of projects including documentaries, scripted drama and music concerts. Sonny thrives on projects with unique looks and loves collaborating with DoPs, directors and producers to visualise and create different looks. 

Sonny recently graded the BBC series, Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator and the BBC documentary, Living Next Door to Putin. Other key projects include Made in Chelsea (2012), Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (2016), Informer (2018), and the BAFTA award-winning, I Am Ruth (2021). Sonny also won an RTS Award in 2011 for Picture Enhancement for his work on TV film, Eric and Ernie.

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Tell us more about your career as a child actor?

I grew up in Islington where my Mum sent me to a local drama school. My sisters went to the same school and were not keen so I wasn’t sure if it would be for me. Still, I thought I would give it a go.

We did a lot of improvisation, and it turned out I was quite good at imitating an angry young man. From there, I was able to get in front of lots of casting directors who would come and watch us improvise. And that’s how it started.

I was in Grange Hill, as an extra, and then I did The Bill, London’s Burning, Harry Enfield and a few others. I kind of fell into it – it wasn’t a passion or a love, it just happened. It was fun, but I gave it up quite quickly.

Did it influence your journey into post?

Yes, absolutely. One of the agents’ husbands was a DoP, which really interested me. I mentioned it to someone at the school and said I’d like to get into production. She directed me to Jacqui James who, it turned out, lived at the bottom of my road and worked at Molinare. I rocked up to meet her and, having just come back from the West Indies, I had my West Indies cap on. Jacqui, being Antiguan, noticed this straight away. I am also half Antiguan, so we hit it off and I got the job there and then.

Of course, I didn’t know anything about post at the time. I walked in as a runner and was making tea and coffee and delivering sandwiches, but I was interested to see what was happening and learn more.

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“Often, when you talk to DoPs, we’re trying to take a perfect, crisp digital image and soften it ever so slightly, and add a texture. That’s the beauty of Baselight. I can quickly add grain and different filmstocks to emulate the film look and introduce these subtle imperfections.”



Colourist: Sonny Sheridan
Role: Senior Colourist, ENVY

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