Alexis Van Hurkman

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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 that include the “Color Correction Handbook,” “Adobe SpeedGrade: Getting Started,” chapters on color correction and finishing in “Final Cut Pro X: Advanced Editing,” and “The Encyclopedia of Color Correction,” as well as software documentation including the DaVinci Resolve User Manual, the Apple Color User Manual, and once upon a time the Apple Shake and Final Cut Pro User Manuals. Video training titles include “DaVinci Resolve 9 Core Training” from Ripple Training.

When not in the suite, Alexis indulges in narrative filmmaking as a writer/director. His science fiction short, “The Place Where You Live,” is currently finishing postproduction and due out in May. His first feature, “Four Weeks, Four Hours,” screened at festivals internationally, and he’s hard at work developing an animated series, “Starship Detritus.” For more information, read his blog at, or follow @hurkman on Twitter.


Together or Apart, Organizing the Fusion of Style and Balance

On different approaches to balancing scenic color and adding stylistic adjustments
Written by Alexis Van Hurkman  |  June 3, 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...

What's In a Name?

On the differences among grading controls and operational ordering
Written 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...

Two Questions About Video Scopes

Ruminating on the Differences Between Visual and Graphical Analysis
Written by Alexis Van Hurkman  |  May 9, 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...