Exploring the Director/Colorist Relationship
Brandon Dermer and Ryan McNeal
Join Los Angeles Post Production Group for our August 9th meeting at 4pm PDT via Zoom where we will have the opportunity to hear from director/writer/producer Brandon Dermer who has made waves and earned critical acclaim with his out of this world music videos, commercials, TV shows and debut feature film, I’m Totally Fine, theatrically released in November and now streaming exclusively on Hulu. Brandon will discuss the process of getting his first feature film made and released and will introduce us to his colorist, Ryan McNeal, where we’ll explore the relationship between director and colorist.
We’ll hear how they work together, the choices that were made for this film, and how they leveraged Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve to create the exact mood and look that was envisioned. If time allows, we’ll also learn and see some examples from their previous collaborations including videos from Panic! at the Disco, Diplo, Jonas Brothers, and more! Bring your questions and come ready to be inspired!
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Prior to directing his debut feature film, “I’m Totally Fine,” starring Jillian Bell, Natalie Morales, Harvey Guillén, and Blake Anderson, Brandon co-created “What Would Diplo Do?” with James Van Der Beek on Viceland. He directed the entire season and executive produced the critically acclaimed cult series alongside Spike Jonze.
Recently, Dermer directed the first three episodes of the second season of “Flatbush Misdemeanors” for Showtime. He’s also directed pilots and TV for MTV, Comedy Central, and Adult Swim.
He’s directed music videos for Diplo, Dillon Francis, Panic! At The Disco, The Jonas Brothers, Trippie Redd, Big Baby Dram, Thomas Rhett, Young Thugg, Julia Michaels, Noah Cyrus, and many other incredible artists.
After spending three years as a Color Assist at Company 3, colorist Ryan K. McNeal and his wife Becky founded RKM Studios as an independent color house. With a background in oil painting, drawing, photography, and design, Ryan brings his knowledge of both modern and classical art into the color suite.
Ryan has experience coloring a wide range of projects, from short films to features to music videos. As a colorist, Ryan excels in using color to help tell the story and influence the viewer’s emotions, all while keeping in line with the vision of the project.
An international award winning colorist, Ryan has brought his eye for color to a number of film projects, from short film to features, and covering a range of genres, from comedy to horror. His color work on the horror anthology “The Mortuary Collection” won Best Color on a Feature Film in the 2020 Colorist Awards. His color work on documentary film “Last Call for the Bayou” was also featured as an Official Selection for the 2020 Colorist Awards, chosen among submissions from around the world.