BURBANK, CA — FotoKem (www.fotokem.com) has appointed Joseph Slomka as VP and principal color scientist for the company’s digital post production and creative picture services. He will spearhead the execution of color science, management, and best practices for FotoKem’s picture production chain, from location services to distribution masters.
Before joining the FotoKem team, Slomka served for six years as color scientist of Sony Pictures Imageworks, managing the color pipeline for over 30 major studio pictures in addition to multiple facility projects. His background includes a master’s degree in color science from the Munsell Color Science Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in information technology from RIT.
His industry experience includes working closely 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). He has also worked with the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Technology Committee, and was a main contributor to the Sony Imageworks OpenColorIO (OCIO) project.
FotoKem and its affiliated companies, Keep Me Posted (KMP), Margarita Mix/LA Studios, and Spy will all benefit systematically as Slomka supervises each phase of the image-making chain. Unifying the process between subsidiaries will allow filmmakers maximum control over their artistic decisions at all stages, including on-set visualization, dailies, visual effects, and the final master.