Veteran Colorist David Cole Joins Fotokem, Embarks on 'Kong: Skull Island'

He previously worked on Peter Jackson's 'King Kong.'
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'Kong: Skull Island'

Independently owned postproduction facility Fotokem has attracted respected colorist David Cole, who joins as senior colorist in the company's creative services division and whose first projects at the company will include Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.' Kong: Skull Island. The film will bring the King of the Apes back to the cinema and is scheduled for a March 10, 2017, release.

The project also brings Cole back to his roots, as the native Australian’s early work included Peter Jackson’s 2005 retelling of King Kong at Weta Digital. He additionally collaborated with Jackson and cinematographer Andrew Lesnie on color for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001 at The PostHouse.

In 2006, Cole moved to Los Angeles and joined what was then LaserPacific, where he was colorist on such titles as Ides of March, TRON: Legacy and best cinematography Oscar winner Life of Pi. Most recently, at Modern VideoFilm, he was supervising colorist on such titles as The Book of Life and Eye in the Sky and created looks for TV series including Sleepy Hollow, Reign and Scorpion. Cole also contributed to development of high dynamic range technologies for manufacturers and studios as well as provided HDR grading for several home entertainment releases.

“We pride ourselves on supporting filmmakers on projects of every scale. We are fans of film, filmmaking, technology and workflow, approaching post as a partnership that combines technology and creativity to help people bring their vision to the screen,” said Mike Brodersen, chief strategy officer for the Burbank-headquartered FotoKem. “Dave brings a skill, talent and personality to our organization that builds on our core values and vision of the future for supporting content creation.”

Cole joins a slate of Fotokem colorists including Alastor Arnold, John Daro, Mark Griffith, George Koran, Kostas Theodosiou and Walter Volpatto. Recent Fotokem work includes The Conjuring 2, Independence Day: Resurgence and Central Intelligence.

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