Saturday, October 22, 2016
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Colorists Van Der Cruyssen, Metcalf join The Mill; Allen upped to group director of color
Damien Van Der Cruyssen
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The Mill has added two colorists and made a key staff promotion in its global color grading department. Colorists Damien Van Der Cruyssen and Nick Metcalf have joined The Mill’s NY studio while Dee Allen has been promoted from executive producer of color to group director of color.

Van Der Cruyssen returns to The Mill following a two-year tenure at Company 3. He is known for work that includes major beauty brands, including Maybelline, L’Oreal and Neutrogena. In addition to his work within the beauty world, Van Der Cruyssen is well versed in long-form color grading, and together with Allen will be developing The Mill’s long-form offering as director of DI. Since his arrival, Van Der Cruyssen has made full use of The Mill’s close relationship with Technicolor, recently grading the Mick Rock feature documentary  SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Metcalf joins the New York team from Vision On, where he spent the last six years carving a niche out of working with both film and stills photographers to retouch and grade images for the fashion world, collaborating closely with well-known brands such as J Crew, Gap and Michael Kors.

In his new role of group color director, Allen will work alongside the managing directors and color EPs across all studios, focusing on the continued development of The Mill’s global creative roster and the implementation of new color offerings and initiatives.

Across the group, The Mill now has 16 colorists--including the recently added Derek Hansen in L.A.--all of whom are made available to clients globally via The Mill’s remote grading setup.

Head of color for New York Fergus McCall said, “Acquiring and developing new and existing talent is always exciting, and these additions will ensure our continued offering of the best talent to the global advertising industry. Together with our exceptional roster of grading talent across the group, we’ll look to continue producing creatively engaging, award-winning and visually beautiful work as well as build many strong new client relationships, and cultivate existing ones. The developments to our team usher in a new era for color grading at The Mill, wherein we’ll be looking to expand on our color capabilities and offerings.”