Steve Donlon – Colourist
Originally from Yorkshire, Steve started out at a post-house in Manchester 4 years ago as a tech-assistant working mainly on children’s television. Steve moved to London to work at a larger post-house on higher profile TV shows, broadening his knowledge of post production workflows. Settling at Silverglade, where he spent almost 2 years, giving him the opportunity to learn Baselight and grade television programmes. During this time he also took on small projects and short films, editing and grading in his spare time. Steve then took the leap into the world of freelancing giving him the chance to work on a broader range of projects, with lots of different people.
Road to Success – Ups and Down
I think for me, part of my success has always been being on the lookout for that next big opportunity and not just getting complacent in the same position. The first facility I worked at was one of my favourites, despite it being low pay and long hours, the people were what made it. Needless to say, leaving that job and moving to London was a very hard thing to do and it was quite a culture shock moving to such a large city! Despite this it was definitely the right move and I wouldn’t be in the position I am today if I hadn’t of made the move.
Greatest Achievements so far
I would say my greatest achievement so far is getting to the position I’m in today in a relatively short space of time. Prior to discovering my love for post production and the TV and film industry, I was studying Biomedicine and Biochemistry at University. Part way through I decided that it wasn’t for me and took on a part time TV and Film course, I managed to bag my first job a couple of years after that. It was tough going at the time but I have been very fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time – and I am actually a BSc Hons!
Projects you are most proud of and why
Our Cilla – TX’d on Christmas Day 2015 on ITV. It was great to work on something about such a well loved public figure.
Reza Spice Prince – This was the first programme that I graded for TX, Food Network UK. Some wonderful locations, and a really friendly chap too!
Delusions – A short sci-fi film directed by Michael Etherington. This was one of the side projects I worked on. It was good to get into something a bit different and have the freedom to experiment with some different grading looks.
Biggest Lessons in Life and Work
Don’t make any enemies, they’ll come back to bite you one day!