Who are you? (about yourself and who you work for)?
I am freelance colourist working mainly in London and LA. I am founder of UK’s first datalab MYTHERAPY. I am also working on behalf of several manufacturers in research and development of colour science for digital film cameras; I am demo artist for Iridas and Master Colourist at ICA international Colourist Academy – responsible for stereoscopic training.
What do you do? What does your company do?
I spend most of my time colour grading feature films, commercials and some tv documentaries. My specialty is finishing of stereoscopic 3D projects where I grade colour but also grade z-depth. I have graded BAFTA award winning ‘Flying with Monsters’, worlds first 3D opera ‘Carmen in 3D’, China’s first 3D feature ‘Don Quixote 3D’, 3D commercials for Panasonic, Red Bull, Nintendo, Royal Mail and have versioned several features for international and 3DTV distribution like ‘Streetdance 3D’ and Bugs! 3D
Tell me a little about your previous experience, what you’ve worked on and with up to your current position?
I started my career in post with job at Apple and than later moved to Sony working on technical development side of the latest post-production tools. Then I have managed Avid Hire department of VMI for some time before finally launching MYTHERAPY, LA style grading boutique, datalab and d-cinema mastering facility here in Soho.
What specific project(s) do you have in the works?
Currently I am working with top Photographers and Directors on implementation of colour grading on set, where I take my grading system to the set and grade, create looks and colour manage monitors. This way I enable clients to see how finished product is going to look like there and then. I have just successfully completed such shoot for Christian Dior with world’s leading fashion photographer David Sims and his DOP John Lynch.
What new technology are you working with?
I am working with Davinci Resolve and I am Beta testing version 8. It is a huge step forward in terms of operational speed, workflow and functionality and frankly the only system out there that gives me exactly those tools that I need for my work. My system was custom build by Jigsaw who have went into great length to design, test, build and support a system that is capable performing 4K stereoscopic in real-time on Mac platform and be fully compatible with its smaller portable brother running on a Macbook pro.
What new products/technology are you looking forward to the most?
I am looking forward thunderbolt interfaces and storage as well as grade I class stereoscopic 3D monitor.
During your career in post what was the biggest “turning point” into new technology?
For the past 12 years I have always been riding the wave of new and latest technology and it is hard to point one turning point. But certainly what had the biggest impact on colour grading technology was successful implementation of colour grading algorithms onto GPU and technologies like CUDA.
What is your favourite / least favourite things about working in post?
My most favorite thing is working with the most inspiring, creative and demanding industry professionals around the world. My least favorite thing is that ‘render progress bar’ that keeps moving very slowly.
What gets you out of bed in the morning to go to work?
Morning run, cold shower and a thought of the finest blend of fair-trade sourced coffee beans, roasted and brewed to perfection into a single cup of macchiato by my favorite coffee shop in Great Portland Street.