Dirty Looks presents THE GRADE at London Short Film Festival

London Short Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, 6th and runs through to 15th January and Dirty Looks will be popping up all over this small but perfectly formed film festival.

Join us on Wednesday 11th January for DIRTY LOOKS presents THE GRADE at The Hospital Club

This session will explore the creative aspects of colouring film whilst demystifying the DI process. The creative teams behind recent work will join Tom Balkwill of Dirty Looks to discuss how grading can reinforce narrative, communicate emotion and atmosphere as well as colour correcting at this final stage of project enhancement.

Our very special panelists are:

DoP & Camera Operator, Zac Nicholson

Zac Nicholson is a camera operator and DOP with over 15 years experience. Zac has worked with some of Britain’s finest directors including Chris Morris, Shane Meadows, Stephen Poliakoff, Richard Curtis, Todd Haynes, Mel Smith and Tom Hoopper. As well as established directors Zac continues to work with emerging talent such as Esther May Cambell (BAFTA winning short September) and Justin Edgar (Special People). As a DOP Zac has shot a number of award winning films including Skeletons directed by Nick Whitfield (graded by Dirty Looks) which took the Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh 2010. More recently Zac shot Black Mirror: The Entire History of You directed by Brian Welsh.

Animator/Director, Jessica Ashman

Jessica Ashman is an award winning filmmaker based in Glasgow. She specialises in stop-motion and 2-D animation and has worked at various design studios, the BBC and as a freelance animator. In 2010, Jessica wrote her first short animated film, Fixing Luka, developed and produced by DigiCult (graded by Dirty Looks). The film has since shown at festivals worldwide and picked up several awards, including the British Academy Scotland Award 2011 for Animation and 3 Limelight Film and Arts Awards 2011. Jessica is currently developing a new short film with B3 Media and working on freelance and personal animation projects. Fixing Luka is screening at the LSFF on Saturday 7th January at the ICA.

Co-directors Chemical Brothers: Don’t ThinkAdam SmithMarcus Lyall

Adam Smith’s career path has taken him from making club and concert visuals via documentaries to award winning music videos and television drama (Skins, Little Dorrit & Dr Who). His current film project with writer Polly Stenham (That Face, Tusk Tusk) and Film Four is the next stage in this diverse body of work.

Most recent work has been the critically acclaimed first episode and a special two-parter for the new series of the BBC’s Doctor Who  which gained special praise in both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter with The Guardian describing one episode as able ‘to lay credible claim to being the greatest episode of Doctor Who there has ever been’.

Smith studied film and video at London College of Printing before co-founding the visuals company “Vegetable Vision” and launching himself into designing visual shows and installations for bands (including Chemical Brothers, U2, Beth Orton), clubs, raves and events.

Marcus Lyall is a designer, director and animator with a strong interest in experimental filmmaking which has led him away from conventional cinema and into moving images in other contexts, including live events, multimedia and galleries.

Marcus co?founded Vegetable Vision while at college, performing projection shows at live events around the UK and Europe. He then become involved in moving image design, eventually setting up a post?production and design company. He continued making imagery for tours, including work for The Rolling Stones, Oasis and the Chemical Brothers.

He then joined Punk Films, directing and animating music videos. This culminated in working on U2’s Elevation tour. In 2001, he moved to Melbourne and started directing commercials and he also started developing video artworks.

Relocating back to London in 2007, he started up a design studio, specialising in directing visuals for concerts. Since then, much of his work has been for tours, including Metallica, Bon Jovi and The Chemical Brothers. He is currently developing a number of interactive artworks.