Senior colorist David Cole has joined FotoKem’s Creative Services Division, deepening the facility’s digital intermediate talent bench. One of Cole’s first projects, based at FotoKem’s Burbank headquarters, will be Legendary’s upcoming Kong: Skull Island.
Cole is a well-known and respected industry veteran. He began his career in his native Australia as a telecine operator and technical director, quickly segueing to colorist. His early work includes collaborating with director Peter Jackson and cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, ASC, ACS on color for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001 at The PostHouse AG, and King Kong in 2004 at Weta Digital. In 2006, he moved to Los Angeles and joined LaserPacific Media where he was colorist on the Oscar-nominated Ides of March, The Savages, TRON: Legacy, the Alvin and the Chipmunks series, and the Best Cinematography Academy Award-winning Life of Pi.
Most recently, at Modern VideoFilm, Cole was supervising colorist on titles such as The Book of Life, Eye in the Sky, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, and An Ordinary Man. He was instrumental in creating looks for series such as Sleepy Hollow, Reign, and Scorpion. Cole has recently been engaged in the development of emerging HDR technologies for manufacturers and studios, as well as providing HDR grading for several major home theater releases.
Cole said, “FotoKem is independent, creative, customer-focused, and passionate. Their continued involvement in high-end productions, dedicated R&D groups, team of artists, and legacy of experience is very impressive. Being able to supplement an existing group with such a tremendous background is a very exciting prospect.”
“We pride ourselves on supporting filmmakers on projects of every scale. We are fans of film, filmmaking, technology and workflow, approaching post as a partnership that combines technology and creativity to help people bring their vision to the screen,” says Mike Brodersen, chief strategy officer for FotoKem. “Dave brings a skill, talent and personality to our organization that builds on our core values and vision of the future for supporting content creation.”