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Page 22 of 51 Post • June 2014 21 Capt The Mission also continually reinvests in "the fastest machines and the latest software so we stay ahead of the curve," notes Pardee. "That's easier to do with one facility in Venice instead of offices spread across multiple cities. We just finished a 4K job for a commercial client that we posted in 4K using 4K broadcast monitors, which we've incorporated into the facility. We also have a technical director who writes code for our pipeline so we're constantly updating and streamlining that aspect of our operation." Pardee feels that The Mission can easily compete with the big guys but says the company will pass on a job if the schedule is too compressed and the staff believes it can't deliver on time and at the quality level The Mission itself demands. But he hopes that prospective clients don't bypass the company assuming it's too small to tackle a given job. "There are a lot of ways of doing a project. With the experience we have, nine times out of 10 we're able to craft a creative solution for the client without requiring the bandwidth of a major facility. We're really smart about how to handle projects." While The Mission has sent its team members to shoots around the world, it hasn't had the ability to post off site unless it four-walls a space in another city. "With our current studio system we are able to effectively work with a steady stream of repeat clients, but bigger companies worldwide have an edge if clients need to set up shop in one of those locations," says Pardee. "Opening a New York City location early in 2015 will allow us to broaden our current client base. "We'll apply our same culture to New York; we'll make sure everything translates and operates as seamlessly as possible. And we'll be able to combine our fire power to figure things out as one unit and work as one team when required." THECOLOURSPACE Juan Salvo launched finishing house theColourSpace ( in the former Tape House premises in New York City last October, so "there's no lack of appreciation for history here," he says. A colorist and online editor by trade, Salvo is head of color at the new company, which does a mix of commercials, shorts, music videos and features. "It's a good strategy for us," he says. "We offer a very high level of quality for features, particularly indie films, and flexibility and availability for high-end commercial clients." In opening a new facility Salvo felt he could either specialize or generalize. "We decided to maximize the idea of specialization targeting our services exclusively to finishing," he says. TheColourSpace boasts three Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolves with full panels. The system in the master suite does real-time grading up to 6K in a theater

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