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Fotokem adds sr. colorist David Cole
David Cole
  • BURBANK, Calif.
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Sr. colorist David Cole has joined FotoKem’s Creative Services Division, deepening the facility’s digital intermediate talent bench. The move underscores FotoKem’s focus on serving the creative community with top-tier artists and technology experts. One of Cole’s first projects, being done out of FotoKem’s Burbank headquarters, will be Legendary’s upcoming Kong: Skull Island.

Cole 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, as well as 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 joins a highly regarded group of colorists at FotoKem, including Alastor Arnold, John Daro, Mark Griffith, George Koran, Kostas Theodosiou, and Walter Volpatto. With a wide range of experience and creative relationships, the FotoKem Creative Services team has recently contributed to projects such as San Andreas, The Boxtrolls, Palo Alto, The D Train, Interstellar, The Conjuring 2, Independence Day: Resurgence and Central Intelligence.

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