My name is Stuart Humphryes; I am a digital artist, a video compositor and a colourisation artist, known on-line as BabelColour.
I graduated from Suffolk College with an honours degree in Design Communications and spent 14 years with The British Red Cross. I worked as their London Area Manager until I moved to Local Government. I am freelance colourisation artist for both print and film and as an editor of on-line video content.
I began colourising photographs in 2004 under the name BabelFish. By sharing this early work on-line I was invited to colourise a series of off-screen Tele-snaps for use in the television archive and restoration magazine ‘Nothing At The End Of The Lane’ in 2005. I also colourised the front cover of their omnibus reprint in 2008.
My early experiments in video colourisation lead to me being invited in 2005 to collaborate on a project to test the bespoke colourisation software developed by BBC engineer and founder member of the Doctor Who Restoration Team, James Russell. Together we colourised surviving 35mm film sequences from the 1965 monochrome serial ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’. The colourised footage was incorporated within a documentary on the BBC’s ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ DVD.
By 2005 I had established the BabelFish Colourisation Website, onto which I routinely posted video colourisations, but in August 2006 I joined YouTube to widen my audience and share longer colourised projects. Unfortunately, the 'BabelFish' username had already been claimed and was consequently unavailable, so I opted to retain the 'Babel' prefix and append the word 'Colour' to reference the colourisation videos I would be uploading. That is how 'BabelColour' was born.
My YouTube videos have been recommended by The Guardian, The Metro, The Stage, BBC America, BBC On-Line, as well as totalling 19 monthly recommendations by the official Doctor Who Magazine issues #430, #431, #433, #441, #444, #450, #451, #476, #479, #480, #496, #507, #509, #512, #514 and #517
In 2017 my two-part web series, 'The Almost Doctors', was promoted in 'Doctor Who Magazine' issue 512 (June 2017) and issue 513 (July 2017) , promoted by BBC America as "exceptional" and recommended by the BBC Online AfterShow. in which they referred to me as a "colourisation and compositing legend".
The success of the Babelcolour Channel and the colourisation work I uploaded brought me to the attention of the Doctor Who Restoration Team, with whom I collaborated to re-colourise film for the BBC’s Doctor Who DVD releases, colourising newly discovered footage for the Director’s Cut of ‘Terror of the Zygons‘ and the entirety of episode one of the 1971 serial ‘The Mind of Evil‘.
On 10th March 2013 I took to the stage as one of the guest speakers at the British Film Institute premiere of the re-colourised ‘Mind of Evil’.
The Doctor Who Magazine previewed the release of 'The Mind of Evil' DVD in July 2013, issue 461.
The verdict: "Stuart's work on the colours is exceptionally good, especially with difficult areas like skin and hair; and I think this sets a new benchmark for colourisation of film recordings".
The Doctor Who Magazine's DVD Review in Issue 462 was also very generous towards the work.
In 2017 I celebrated my 11th anniversary on YouTube with a compendium of all my on-line work, accompanied by recommendations and testimonials from a number of Doctor Who luminaries, including the two erstwhile Doctor Who Magazine editors Tom Spilsbury and Clayton Hickman, the actors John Levene, John Guilor, Nathan Head and Jonathon Carley, the writer and historian David J Howe, the presenter and producer Christel Dee and the Doctor Who showrunner, head writer and producer Steven Moffat.
Away from colourisation, I am a keen genealogist and have spent over 20 years researching my family history. In 2014-15 I provided information to researchers of the BBC 2 documentary series ‘The Secret History of My Family’, which was broadcast on Thursday 10th March 2016. Episode 1 chronicled the life and descendants of my 4 x Great-Grandfather Robert Gadbury. I am second cousin (twice removed) from his descendant and premier of Tasmania Albert Ogilvie.
A by-product of my genealogy and colourisation skills is an interest in colourising and restoring family photographs, which breathes a new life in to the faces of our ancestors.
Below: Stuart Humphryes AKA Babelcolour