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The Mill's Color Team Extends Reach Into Indie Features
Damien Van Der Cruyssen (l) and Dee Allen
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Mill Color is broadening its offering to include creative Digital Intermediate (DI) work for feature length projects. Known for working in the advertising, games and music industries, this move marks a notable diversification for The Mill’s global team of talented artists and their clients.

Group Color director at The Mill, Dee Allen, explained, "This is a natural and very exciting progression for us. Our team collaborates with world class directors and DPs and this allows us to extend the collaboration into features. In New York, we are also supported by our relationship with Technicolor PostWorks providing an end-to-end solution to clients across all aspects of DI workflow and final deliverables. Of course, we’ll continue to grow our commercial and music video work, finding creative opportunities across all media.” 

This new initiative is spearheaded at The Mill’s New York studio by Mill colorist and director of DI, Damien Van Der Cruyssen. Van Der Cruyssen has previously worked on features Clown (directed by Jon Watts), Blue Caprice (directed by Alexandre Moors) and Mick Rock documentary Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (directed by Barney Clay). Van Der Cruyssen commented, “Our passion is for the artistic side of the DI process. Being able to work on both commercials and movies is wonderful for a colorist. The variety helps you approach all different kinds of work, with each one giving you new creative skills that you can apply to the other.” 

As individuals, Mill colorists already have impressive and diverse resumes working on features and the invaluable depth of technical experience that comes with it. Most recently head of color in NY, Fergus McCall, graded Greasy Strangler (directed by Jim Hosking) and colorist Mikey Rossiter completed work on Burn Country (directed by Ian Olds).  In Chicago, head of color Luke Morrison coloured Among Wolves (directed by Shawn Convey), winner of this year’s “Chicago Award” at Chicago International Film Festival. In London, colorist Mick Vincent has done work for leading long-form TV shows including Dr.Who and Merlin. The team also has a successful history working with features directors and DPs across commercials including Guy Ritchie, Rupert Sanders, Tom Hooper, Peter Berg and Wally Pfister. 

DI color work will be also available at other Mill studios in the moviemaking hubs of London and Los Angeles, and the burgeoning industry in Chicago. Additionally, filmmakers can work from any Technicolor location across the globe, either using The Mill’s remote network or by flying the talent into, for example, Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver.

Mill Color’s latest feature work can be seen in Barry, a well timed biopic of outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama set during his time as a college student in New York City. Released Friday, Dec 16, on Netflix, the film is directed by Vikram Gandhi and colored by Van Der Cruyssen.


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