Meet The Colourist
Colourist, UNIT Studios, London
Nick Dalby has been with UNIT Studios in London for over four years, crafting beautiful images on a wide range of commercials, music promos, short films and, more recently, long-form documentaries.
Here, he discusses his work on visually striking promos for Sampha and La Roux, as well as his journey in colour.
I grew up in Harrow and spent pretty much all of my academic and early career in and around London. I studied art & design alongside music technology at college before heading straight in to work as a runner for a production company M2 Television in Soho.
I started out being all about music creation and sound design. It seemed the obvious choice as I was DJing and producing progressive house tracks at the time.
Meeting so many different people along the way meant I got the opportunity to spend time in some creatively inspiring situations, such as building portable edit suites for music festivals including V Festival and Bestival in England.
My fascination with video hardware took me through dailies and QC operator roles, finally ending with me finding my way into the grading suite.
I still remember in around 2005, while I was a runner, I first started shadowing the telecine guys transferring on an URSA Diamond Telecine and a Spirit 2K - this is when I felt drawn to learning the art of colour grading.
Absolutely, I feel they are very closely related. My eye for photography translates into my grading work from a creative point of view as well as a technical one.
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“A music video should be just as interesting and eye catching when watched without the music, just as the music should be enjoyed without the video.”
Colourist: Nick Dalby
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