Digital Colourist

Digital Colouring Artist

Minimum Preferably 10th standard pass

Certified training for Colourist (programme aligned to MES/Q3502 released by Media & Entertainment Skills Council)

Preferably minimum experience of 1 or more years in related field

The tasks a Colourist is expected to perform include:

Enhancing and/or correcting the colour, to reflect the desired creative style and mood of the production

Merging various layers/elements created during post-production into a final product

Enhancing and balancing a story?s content by maintaining its consistency

Preparing and finalizing effort estimates and work plan in accordance to requirements

Assessing the mood, creative look, style and visual treatment

Understanding and assessing the media format, resolution and required format of the end output

Knowledge of relevant software required e.g. Silhouette, Nuke, Fusion, Combustion, Shake Premier, PF track, After Effects, Renderman, Quantel, Smoke, Flame, Avid, 3DS Max and FCP

Knowledge of translating script requirements and post-production objectives into a schedule

Knowledge of post-production techniques

Familiar with the implications of each activity on time, materials, equipment, manpower and budget

Familiar with the impact of each activity on the entire process workflow

Skilled in estimating cost and time requirements

Knowledge of applicable copyright norms and intellectual property rights

Knowledge of the format, resolution and quality in which the material would need to be ingested, based on the intended final output

Equipped in identifying issues with the raw material/footage prior to or during the ingest process

Knowledge of the file-naming conventions appropriate to the production

Knowledge of the theory of colour and depth

Familiar with the principles and techniques of colour grading

Basic knowledge of photography and lighting

Knowledge of grading software such as Apple's Final Cut Pro, Adobe's After Effects and Premiere

Knowledge of using colour grading equipment i.e. colour correctors, telecine and synchronizer

Skilled in calibrating the software to the required colour space

Knowledge of the best colouring practices prevalent in the domestic and international industry

Will be updated

Creative thinker

Good communication skills







It is a desk job

May need to handle a team

Local travelling is not part of the job

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Working hours are not fixed

Overtime maybe involved

Shift system maybe available
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?


This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act 1948 (section 87)

One may develop occupational hazards like poor eyesight, lethargy, joint pain, obesity, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Animation Industry in India

The animation and gaming industry has shown resilience in the face of the current economic downturn, growing by over 20 per cent during 2008. India is now seen as a leading destination for high end, skill based activities. The Indian animation industry is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 22% and gaming industry is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 49% by 2012.

The animation and gaming industry is a significant user of technology, and can further showcase India?s well established credentials in the technology and services offshoring space, in addition to playing a seminal role in developing India?s domestic media and entertainment industry. Over the years, the animation and gaming industry has seen the entry of many global majors who have tapped into India's talent pool for offshore delivery of services.

This opens up vast opportunities for budding animators, compositors and colourists. India has seen a fondness developing for quality visual effects of late. This market trend is projected to continue in future also and this industry will grow manifold as the demand is ever increasing. This makes Colourist, a great career option with almost guaranteed growth.

Film studios

Directors of photography

Print and electronic media institutes

Training institutes

Gaming industry

Cities across India