Color Grading needs its own job category

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Color Grading needs its own job category. Colorists don’t know where to put their credits, they’re currently hidden under editorial or vfx, neither of those are accurate. Such an important job really deserves its own category. Who can I contact about this?
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Hello, Dave. 

Separating a separate department is a very difficult operation which often requires a lot of time. 

Also, why do you think that "editorial department" is a wrong place for colorists? Most of the digital color grading is done in the same software as editing and in a tight collaboration with editors. I admit that it might be more sufficient to rename editorial department into "post-production" because many jobs there are not editing-related per se... But I seldom see colorists having that problem, actually. 
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Hey Nikolay,

Thanks for the response. Here are my thoughts.

Changing Editorial Dept to Post Production sounds like a reasonable solution but keeping Color Grading under Editorial is very inaccurate.

I see Colorists with credits in Visual Effects, Misc Crew and Editorial Dept, currently it is a mess. With Color Grading having such a huge impact of the final look of the film or episode it is such a disservice to the craft.

Being an Online Editor for 14 years and now a Colorist for the last few, I can tell you first hand that those 2 jobs couldn’t be more different.

Yes, frequently they use the same software but that is the only similarity. Color Grading is a highly creative and subjective art form, where Colorist’s collaborate with Directors and DP’s to craft the look and feel of a film.

Online Editing is a purely technical procedure of rebuilding the Offline Editors cut from the Camera Raw Files.

Most Colorists never go into the Edit Page of the software and don’t know how to use it, most Online Editors have a basic knowledge of the Color tools but do not have the many years experience required to create a beautiful image and match hundreds of shots to looks exactly the same nor is that part of their job.

I personally don’t know any Colorists that think Editorial Dept is the proper place for Color Grading credits.

Thanks again :-)
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Hello, Dave.

Well, you have already submitted idea. For now it will take some time for IMDb staff to look at it and consider it although, as I've said, creating new departments is a hard thing to do due to website's engine and might take years even if considered. 
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Hi Dave,

I have often thought that some of the sound job roles shuld be listed in the diting section, such as the sound editor. The sound editor does not work with the sound recordist but they have always been listed in the same section.

For s guide, I think it is worth looking to see where job roles are lsited in a film's credits. I just went to see where your credits were listed as a "dailies operator" on both Driven (2001) and Serendipity (2001) vut could not find them. Where are they in the credits? Can you help me find them? Who is listed just above you and who is lsited just below you in each one?
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Hi Dave,

I have often thought that some of the sound job roles should be listed in the editing section, such as the sound editor. The sound editor does not work with the sound recordist but they have always been listed in the same section.

For a guide, I think it is worth looking to see where job roles are lsited in a film's credits. I just went to see where your credits were listed as a "dailies operator" on both Driven (2001) and Serendipity (2001) but could not find them. Where are they in the credits? Can you help me find them? Who is listed just above you and who is listed just below you in each one?
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Truth to be told, people don’t really have to ”physically” work with someone to share the same category. Sound editor probably edits material also recorded by the sound recordist (among the other material).
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Adding to what Eboy said, same goes for Art Department.