'Avatar' Colorist Skip Kimball Joins Technicolor (Exclusive)

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The top pirated film of all time, according to a study released by TorrentFreak in October 2011, is James Cameron's 3D epic, Avatar. The film has been downloaded some 21 million times since its release in 2009. Cameron once touted 3D filmmaking as the entertainment industry's best hope for fighting piracy, but unfortunately, that doesn't seem to have helped his film escape its pirated fate. The film has raked in nearly $2.8 billion in wordwide theatrical gross nonetheless.

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Kimball, whose credits also include "Real Steel" and "Gone Baby Gone," brings to the company a vast wealth of knowledge about aspect ratios, light levels and postproduction processes.

Colorist Skip Kimball, whose credits include James Cameron’s Avatar, will join Technicolor Creative Services in Hollywood next week.

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He comes from Modern Videofilm, where he was senior colorist, working on movies ranging from Real Steel to Gone Baby Gone.

His work on Avatar is notable not only because it was the highest-grossing movie of all time but because of its unprecedented postproduction requirements.

There were 18 different delivery versions of Avatar created for the domestic market, plus an additional 92 for international markets, which were released in 47 languages.

In addition to the need for versions to accommodate various 2D, 3D, film and digital auditoriums, Cameron made the decision to create versions at different aspect ratios and light levels (3D projection and glasses can cut down the light that the viewer sees) in order to project the best possible images in each theater configuration.

Led by lead colorist Kimball, Modern VideoFilm completed 22 full color grades of Avatar for the different aspect ratios and light levels.