Exec moves from Sony Pictures Imageworks

Color scientist Joseph Slomka has joined Fotokem as VP and principal color scientist for digital post-production and creative picture services.

Bill Schultz, Fotokem’s senior VP and general manager of digital film services, said Slomka’s experience in research, design and execution of color science technology made him a great fit.

Slomka has worked with the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the development of the Image Interchange Framework (IIF) and the Academy Color Encoding Specifications (ACES).

Slomka, who was with Sony Pictures Imageworks for six years as a color scientist prior to joining Fotokem, was also a major contributor to that company’s OpenColor (IO) project.

The seasoned colorist said the ever-changing world of film technology — including the rise in popularity of 3D and visual effects-heavy storytelling — make it even more important for him to be involved in many stages of production.

“It’s very easy for there to be incompatibilities with the way one department does something as opposed to another,” said Slomka. “For example, it’s possible that the visual effects department has to deliver files in a completely different way than a colorist and I look forward to being in a position to oversee the whole pipeline so those kinds of things don’t become problems for the filmmakers who work with us.”

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