FilmLight has finalized its 2023 color awards jury and appointed renowned cinematographer, Lawrence Sher, ASC, as this year’s president. Due to popular demand, the awards deadline has also been extended, with submissions now closing to the global colorist community on August 7.
Lawrence Sher, ASC, is an award-winning American cinematographer and film director best known for his work on Joker (2019), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), War Dogs (2016), The Hangover (2009), Garden State (2004) as well as Dua Lipa’s music video, Don't Start Now (2019).
“I’m very excited to be president of the FilmLight Color Awards,” Sher said. “Coloring and colorists are as fundamental to modern filmmaking as any lighting or camera tool. As someone who started their career color timing movies the old fashioned way, I was an early adopter and champion of the digital intermediate as I could see its potential.
“I believe the color tools we have today are perhaps (along with the digital sensor) the most transformative change in filmmaking in the last 50 years. My relationship and collaboration with my colorists is as important as any relationship I have with my camera, grip and lighting teams. I am very excited to see the great work from this year’s submissions and shine a spotlight on their creative inputs to their projects.”
The FilmLight Color Awards are open to colorists on any grading platform and entries are judged by an independent panel of cinematographers, colorists and creatives who bring their understanding of how an image is made, and how its light and shade creates a mood and a dynamic.
Jacqueline Loran, director at FilmLight said, “I have worked with colorists across the world for many years and I know how hard working and creative the community is. They are crucial to the creation of great visual content, and we are honored to be able to provide them with a platform to receive the recognition that they truly deserve. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response and support for the awards so far and we are incredibly grateful to everyone involved, including the talented jury, without which the awards could not take place.”
The Color Awards are led and organized by FilmLight, in conjunction with EnergaCamerImage, and are supported by prominent international groups such as the American Society of Cinematographers), the British Society of Cinematographers), The French Society of Cinematographers), the Colorist Society International, the Chinese Society of Cinematographer), the International Federation of Cinematographers, and the Polish Society of Cinematographers.
For more information, including a list of all the judges, or to enter, visit: www.filmlightcolorawards.com/