Duncan Russell

Senior Colourist



About me

I like changing the colours on the stuff that film makers bring me. I have been doing this since the late 1990's. I started off transferring archive and now I grade mostly commercials via a healthy smattering of feature re-masters, TV shows, full DI mastering, and pop promos. Along the way I've been nominated for an MVA, and made the top ten VFX artists list in televisual a few times. Career highlights so far include: SPOTS: Nike, Volkswagen, Tetley Tea, Adidas, Sony, Guinness, Freeview, Natwest, Santander, Puma, Sanex, Gucci, Dolce and Gabanna and Nissan. PROMOS: Madonna, Kanye West, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Pink Floyd, Lilly Allen, Catfish and the Bottlemen, TV: Series include Discovery, Equinox, How to Cook Like Heston, Atlas 4D, Two Greedy Italians. Paranormal Witness, Specials include: Madonna, Sticky and Sweet Tour Film, King Lear with Sir Ian McKellen, Messiah 2, Vengeance is Mine, Les Trois Musketeers FEATURES: Storage 24 Lives of the Artists Bananaz (documentary on Gorillaz) Lord Don't Slow Me Down (Oasis tour film) Love and Death on Long Island Among Giants Heartlands REMASTERS: Citizen Kane The Third Man The Man Who Fell to Earth Mean Streets


  • Film
  • Editing
  • Commercials
  • Post Production
  • Visual Effects
  • Colour Grading
  • Colourist

Work history


Senior Colourist


Jan 2016
  • Grading. And all that that implies....


Head of Colour Grading


Nov 2013 - Jan 2016
  • I have been grading commercials, promos and short films. Among these are spots for NatWest, Nissan, Volskwagen, Guinness, Maynards, Puma, Fujitsu and Grolsch. You can check them out on the Glassworks Website. http://www.glassworks.co.uk/work. On the promos front I've been grading some Will Young, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Marina and the Diamonds and Catfish and the Bottlemen. The short films are too numerous to mention and you probably haven't heard of them anyway, they are pretty good though.


Senior Colourist

Smoke Mirrors

Jun 2012 - Nov 2013
  • Grading commercials, promos, idents, title sequences.


Senior Colourist & Head of Grading

Prime Focus

May 2005 - May 2012
  • Grading drama, features, commercials and promos. This was a very varied job. It swung from a Madonna promo one week to grading a full DI the next. My long form work was done here and includes: How to Cook Like Heston: 6X30 min TV cookery show Paranormal Witness: 6X60 min TV series Two Greedy Italians: 2X60 min TV series Ape Man, Adventures in Evolution. 6X60 min TV series Angry Britain: 2X60 TV series. King Lear: directed by Trevor Nunn, with Sir Ian McKellen. Messiah 2, Vengeance is Mine Storage 24: Feature Lives of the Artists: Feature Strength and Honour: Feature Heartlands: Feature


Senior Colourist

Arion Facilities

May 2002 - Jun 2005
  • Grading movie rushes, mastering and remastering films, the odd commercial and ident.


Junior & Then Senior Colourist

The Machine Room

Apr 1996 - Sep 2000
  • Junior Colourist, then Senior Colourist. Grading archive, drama and commercials rushes. Mastering features, and final grades on british documentaries and dramas.