Ben McIntire is an American director of photography and colorist living in Stockholm, Sweden. He is best known for his traveling documentary and advertising work. Previously, Ben spent more than a decade working as a freelance DP and director in New York City, directing and shooting ads for Facebook, Intel, Google and Malibu Rum, among many others.
Within documentary, he has filmed TV shows for Vice Media and History Channel, as well as completing many feature and short documentaries. He was the DoP and colorist for the 2021 feature documentary The King of North Sudan, produced by Rough House Pictures (Eastbound and Down, The Righteous Gemstones). The film premiered at The Vancouver International Film Festival and was sold for international distribution in 2022. He has also been Unit DoP and/or camera operator on several notable feature documentaries: McEnroe (Showtime, 2022), Red, White and Wasted (Hulu, 2019) and Sremm Holiday (Tidal, 2017).
Early in his career, he received two New York Daytime Emmy's in 2010 and 2011 for his docu-series work for MSG Network. "Electric: The Film", a 30-minute Vice/Smirnoff sponsored-doc he DoP'd, won the 2016 Webby for Best Long Form Documentary (Branded). He also was the colorist for World Economic Forum's "Back to Zero", which won a 2023 Webby for Best Long Form Documentary (Activism Category).
He works as a colorist from his studio in Stockholm. Live remote grading capabilities allow him to grade for clients all over the world. (see more on that below:)
Ben brings 15 years of experience as a director of photography to his color grading studio Small Sea. The studio area is kitted with top of the line gear to ensure reference grade color accuracy, whether the project is for web, tv, or cinema. Communication is the key to color grading, and you can expect a quick shorthand of someone that's worked closely with directors, dp's and producers for many years.
· The studio is located in Hammerby Sjöstad, Stockholm, walking distance from the Gullmarsplan subway stop and Luma Park.
· Live Grading software and hardware from Streambox as well as fast file transfer with MASV and 1gbps broadband internet, makes for extremely smooth and easy remote grading with international clients.
· The suite centers around a Flanders Scientific CM241 24" reference-grade monitor.
· Client viewing area features a professionally calibrated LG 48" C2 OLED TV, and/or the option to refer to a Flanders Scientific CM171 17" LCD monitor, when grading for web.
· A powerful 27" iMac with 128gb RAM and 24gb vRAM (2 external GPU's) and fast SSD drives.
· MediaPro 6500K bias lights, and Munsell N8 painted walls, assures complete color confidence, whether grading for web, tv or even theatrical color spaces.
· Davinci Resolve Studio for advanced noise reduction and gpu based effects.
· A large collection of pre-prepared looks, elements and grading software tools.
· Blackmagic Design Micro Control Surface.
· Perhaps most importantly, the studio features a large library of physical photography books and magazines and art to help inspire the grade:)