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Alexis Van Hurkman divides his time working as a writer, director, and colorist. Currently based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, he’s graded programs that have aired on The History Channel, The Learning Channel, and BBC Four, features and shorts that have played at the Telluride and Sundance film festivals, and video art pieces that have been exhibited at the NYC Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

He has also written widely on the subject of color correction in books th...

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Together or Apart, Organizing the Fusion of Style and Balance

On different approaches to balancing scenic color and adding stylistic adjustments

By Alexis Van Hurkman | June 03, 2013

In this week's "Answers Occasionally Given," I tackle a question about efficient scene balancing workflow; whether it's better to apply stylistic adjustments as part of one's initial grade, or separately. Then, I discuss another reader's strategy for identifying color imbalances, and how it intersects with the use of automated tools for color balancing. 

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What’s In a Name?

On the differences among grading controls and operational ordering

By Alexis Van Hurkman | May 20, 2013

In this week's somewhat detail-oriented "Answers Occasionally Given," I start out tackling the differences among color and contrast controls with similar names; in particular, the difference between Lift, Shadow, and Offset controls. Then, I move on to a reader's question about the best stage of a multi-operation color adjustment in which to adjust Luma. It's GRIPPING, I tell you…

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Two Questions About Video Scopes

Ruminating on the Differences Between Visual and Graphical Analysis

By Alexis Van Hurkman | May 09, 2013

In this inaugural post of my new question-and-answer column, I tackle two kickoff queries about video scopes from colleague Scott Simmons, who thoughtfully saved me from having to come up with something on my own. If you have a question about color grading, postproduction workflow, or any interesting intersection of production and post, send it my way at I'll answer via this column as time permits.

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