We had the good fortune of connecting with Roy Sun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
In general, doing small business is very very hard, but compare to that, doing freelancer is even harder. As a colorist, theoretically we should be an artist based industry, But also agencies are looking for studios for safety. In my mind even if you are a one man band, with a studio just sounds better.
Plus, when you have a studio, it’s easier to assemble your team when bigger project come.
I freelanced for 5 years before I started my own studio. At that moment, two of my very good editor/sound designer friend were also thinking of starting their own editing house. so it’s just natural that we partner up and start a full post house.
It’s very important to find reliable partners. I trusted them so much that I could hand them my bank password. and after 4 years working together it approved right.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Color grading is a very complicated balance between Art / Technology and communication. It’s almost impossible to meet an artist that have same taste as you, and mainly as a colorist your job is to serve people get what they wanted. So when there’s a director allows you to push some boundaries, you are in luck.
There are two ways to get the best work out.
1st is to have the director with very similar taste or gives you a lot of freedom that you can explore and experiment with a lot of edgy look.
2nd is when the director have totally different vision but when you are on the right track you discover something totally new.
But, as I always say, there’s no right or wrong about color grading when comes to the professional level, it’s all about artistic choice, just need to let us know if you have a clear vision or if you trust the artist in the very beginning.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Probably my backyard – I always prep some really good hotpot for my best friends… Second good one probably little Tokyo, I always see the place as a super fun area.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I appreciate everyone that worked with me. every single lesson and experience is incredibly valuable. I started my career with Keith Roush in Roush Media. the first day I went there I didn’t even know what an SDI cable is. 2 and half year there built my solid foundation of understanding the post production workflow.
Then when I started my freelance career, there are so many good directors that we are growing together, like Ivan Olita, a super artistic Italian director based in NY/ LA, we spent 12 hours on a 3 minute lady Gaga short film, discovered all kinds of possibilities that color tool can do, and landed with something no one ever did.
And my partners Han & Jeff from Lerfilm, solid friendship. We are supporting each other all the time.
Very important mentor Marshall Plante & Natalie Westerfield. taught me a lot working with their color house Olio Creative.