Eaves coloring at Encore H'wood

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Veteran digital intermediate colorist Michael Eaves has joined Encore Hollywood after 4 1/2 years at eFilm. Additionally, Encore's sister company Riot is throwing its hat into the rapidly expanding DI arena.

The moves demonstrate expansion in the DI color timing space from Encore and Riot's parent company, Ascent Media Group, which also is the parent of Company 3, a Santa Monica-based post facility that already has established itself in the space.

Santa Monica-based Riot is preparing to break ground next week on its first DI color timing theater. The initiative is part of an effort to service all types of projects, according to Riot managing director Michael Taylor. In recent years, Riot has primarily handled commercial and episodic TV work; its history was in features.

Taylor said Riot reinvented its feature film effects offing last year. With the DI theater, he hopes to bring feature effects and DI under the same roof as well as grow the digital color timing capacity offered on Los Angeles' West Side.

Riot colorist Siggy Ferstl already has been working on features at Company 3, which offers two DI theaters and where Ferstl is timing Lakeshore's "The Feast of Love."

The slate at Company 3 includes the Walt Disney Co.'s "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and DreamWorks/Paramount's "Transformers," both of which are being graded by Company 3 president and colorist Stefan Sonnenfeld ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest").

Eaves will be working in a DI theater at Encore that opened last year. His credits include "Night at the Museum," "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" in addition to two of the early digital intermediate projects ("Ocean's Twelve," "RV") to be completed in 4K resolution, which is four times the amount of picture information found in the typically used 2K finish.
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