Sam Daley on color grading
Show Me a Hero
By Ellen Wixted
David Simon’s newest and much-anticipated six-part series
Show Me a Hero premiered on HBO in the US in mid-August. Like The
Wire, which Simon created,
Show Me a Hero explores race and community — this time through the lens of housing desegregation in late-‘80s Yonkers, New York. Co-written by Simon and journalist William F. Zorzi, the show was directed by Paul Haggis with Andrij Parekh as cinematographer, and produced by Simon, Haggis, Zorzi, Gail Mutrux and Simon’s long-time collaborator, Nina Noble.
Technicolor PostWorks‘ Sam Daley served as the colorist. I caught up with him recently to talk about the show.
A self-described “film guy,” New York-based Daley has worked as colorist on films ranging from Martin Scorsese’s
The Departed to Lena Dunham’s Girls with commercial projects rounding out his portfolio. When I asked Daley what stood out about his experience on
Show Me a Hero, his answer was quick: “The work I did on the dailies paid off hugely when we got to finishing.” Originally brought into the project as dailies colorist, Daley’s scope quickly expanded to include finishing — and his unusual workflow set the stage for high-impact results.
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