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DI News Company 3's Nick Monton moves to NYC N EW YORK — Company 3 (, here, has promoted digital intermediate producer Nick Monton to head of production, features. Monton recently relocated to Manhattan from Company 3's Santa Monica location, where he served as senior DI producer on a number of studio blockbusters, independents and documentaries. "This is a wonderful opportunity," notes Monton. "New York is fast becoming a major production hub, and I am very excited to be able to help make Company 3 a vital part of that industry." As DI producer at Company 3 in Santa Monica, Monton worked with numerous respected filmmakers, including J.J. Abrams, Michael Mann, Ridley Scott, Gore Verbinski and Brett Ratner. 'Cloudy 2' gets more vibrant via Colorworks C ULVER CITY — Prior to its September release, Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 went through final color grading at Colorworks, Sony Pictures Digital Productions' DI facility. Colorworks ( has worked on several features with their colleagues at Sony Pictures Animation, including the original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009), and have developed a seamless finishing workflow. All data from the film is stored on the Sony Production Backbone, with animators and the post production team having equal access. As a result, updates, fixes and other changes can be implemented much more quickly than delivering a drive or using FTP. Directors attending grading sessions at Colorworks can view such changes virtually instantaneously. Colorworks uses a Baselight system. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 introduces a plot element that had an impact of the grade. Swallow Falls has been overgrown with an amazing variety of food-animals, such as the carnivorous Tacodile Supreme. Digital colorist Trent Johnson worked to enhance the rich, vibrant colors of the fantastic landscapes and creatures dreamed up by the animators. Tim Stipan grades 'The Butler' N EW YORK — Technicolor-PostWorks, New York ( provided editorial conforming and color grading services for The Butler, director Lee Daniels' story of race relations in America. The film centers around domestic servants employed by The White House. Numerous VFX elements had to be integrated into film, as well as archival images of memorable moments in US history from the past eight decades. Tim Stipan applied the final grade. The project represents his third collaboration with Daniels, having also graded Precious and The Paperboy. Stipan worked with Daniels and cinematographer Andrew Dunn to capture the essence of the historical eras and the often tumultuous emotions of the story. "This was one of those films where everyone did whatever it took — we worked long nights and weekends to get it done," Stipan recalls. "It's a beautiful film, rich in colors and emotion." 12 Post • September 2013

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