My name is Stuart Humphryes; known on-line as Babelcolour. I graduated from Suffolk College with an honours degree in Design Communications. After 14 years with The British Red Cross, working as their London Area Manager, I moved to Local Government. I remain active as a colourisation artist for both print and film and as an editor of on-line content.
I began colourising in 2004. This early work prompted an invitation 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 colourise a film sequence from the 1965 monochrome serial ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’, which was subsequently used within a documentary on the BBC’s ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ DVD.
In 2006 I joined YouTube as Babelcolour, which widened my audience for the colourisation work and other video editing projects. My YouTube videos have been recommended by 'The Guardian', BBC America, as well as totalling 17 monthly recommendations by the official Doctor Who Magazine issues #430, #431, #433, #441, #444, #450, #451, #476, #479, #480, #496, #507, #509, #512 and #513
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 appeared on stage as one of the guest speakers at the British Film Institute premiere of the colourised ‘Mind of Evil’, joining Mark Ayres and Peter Crocker in the Restoration Panel.
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.
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