Technicolor Visit

Technicolor

Today was officially the first day of the long-awaited Villanova on Set Program, and I was in charge of presenting Laura Borowsky from Technicolor; our third stop today. Technicolor is famously known for its innovative and timeless post-production work. They do anything from color correction to marketing to distribution and printing. They have been around for 100 years because of their mission to re-invent itself with the emerging technology.

Unfortunately we were a bit late for this meeting…LA traffic is as unpredictable as they had warned us and it caused us to a be a little late. Not to mention as soon as we got there we were told by the security that we needed to check in somewhere else before entering the building. So we raced to the correct entrance where they asked each of us for our IDs and made a name tag for us. Finally, we were ready to get into Technicolor and see what it was all about.

As soon as I got into the building, I met Laura very briefly where she was already trying to group us into smaller teams because she had planned two different types of presentations. I was anxious when I first saw her because I knew I had to introduce her to the group and then the group to her, but did not know how to go about it since she basically began doing her thing without a proper introduction.
I soon found out that after the two presentations I could have my chance to do the intro when we would all come back as a big group to talk to her. So, I had to endure the nerves of presenting this account executive for a while longer.

The first professional my small group met was Darin Wooldridge who is a DI colorist. He was a very approachable and easygoing man. He told us how he started out at the age of 18 at the bottom of the food chain and worked himself up. He learned everything “in house” or as projects came up. The skills he has in color correcting are amazing and something I’m sure it would take me a very long time to master. He got his hands on The Revenant and is very honored to have worked for an Oscar-nominated film. Second, we met with Eli Jarra, Senior VFX Artist/Supervisor. He showed us more of the manipulation that Technicolor can do with its technology. We saw how he can make someone look younger or older, make trees, bushes, or buildings appear, multiply the people you see in the background, and even have the background go from one solid color to an intricate real life looking background. I was very impressed with the skill both of these artists have and all that is possible in post-production.

After that, we all met up in a conference room where Laura was sitting at the head of the table almost ready to give her speech. That was my time to go up and do the introductions. I explained to her what I had to do and she let me go right ahead. I went to explain what her background was and she was very much in shock that I knew so much about her without ever meeting her. Thank goodness for LinkedIn! The intro went well; I didn’t butcher any of her past roles and it led to a smooth transition for her to explain what she does at Technicolor. Laura works as the Theatrical Account Executive where she said she works with a lot of independent films. She talked to us about what a normal day looks like: a lot of phone calls and emails. She gets in touch with different production companies or directors and sees how she can help. She is very much involved with sales for Technicolor’s services. She does her best to connect her clients to the correct people and deliver the best products Technicolor can provide. Laura was a very personable and easygoing person who enjoys what she does.

I thought this was a very informative and successful visit. We saw everything from the color correction/post-production works to the more business-oriented side of Technicolor. Technicolor is a renowned company, and after the visit and research that I did, it looks like a great company to work for. They do their best to keep up with the technology and deliver high quality beautiful products.