On this Bonus Edition of Filmmaker U Chats we are joined by Colorist Damien Vandercruyssen. On this episode we get to go behind the relationships between a Colorist with Directors and a Colorist with Cinematographers; as well as dive into a career that has led to interesting experimentations with tremendous results. Tune in!
With over 20 years’ experience, Damien Vandercruyssen began his career after studying cinematography at the prestigious ENS Louis Lumiere film school near Paris. Since pursuing his career in color grading, he has built a reputation for collaborating with stylistically distinctive filmmakers and creatives, Vandercruyssen views the role of a colorist “as being like a chameleon; adapting and changing to the creative flow in the room and the style of each project.” Damien’s wealth of knowledge in the art of grading and expertise in cinematography and color science, have led to regular collaborations with highly regarded directors including Sofia Coppola, the Safdie brothers, and Trey Edward Shults along with cinematographers Philippe Le Sourd, Drew Daniel, and Darius Khondji. He is trusted amongst filmmakers due to his love of “experimenting with color, to find bespoke looks that serve the story and the characters.”
Damien’s most recent credits include the A24’s “Zola,” Stephen King’s “Lisey’s Story,” Safdie Brothers’ “Uncut Gems,” Sophia Coppola’s “On The Rocks,” Antonio Campos’s “The Devil All The Time,” and Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz’s “The Girlfriend Experience.” Damien also continues to collaborate with a host of major brands on their commercials and has built a reputation as one of the go-to artists for the likes of Maybelline, L’Oreal, Lincoln, Lexus, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Chanel, Neutrogena, and La Mer.
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