HOLLYWOOD — Boutique post facility Chainsaw (www.chainsawedit.com) has launched a new division that will focus on post services for features. The company recently built an all-new 4K digital intermediate theater at its facility on North Orange Drive in Hollywood and brought in new team members with deep experience in preparing films for digital cinema, theatrical release, broadcast and home entertainment. The new division will target both studio and independent features.
Founded by editors Bill DeRonde and Mike Polito, Chainsaw has served as an independent provider of post services for scripted and unscripted television series, television specials and other television content. “Many of our clients work in both television and features and have been asking us to broaden the scope of our services to include features,” explains GM Steve Purcell. “With the way the business is evolving and the cross-over of talent between television and feature films, we see tremendous opportunities for growth by providing producers with efficient service and exceptional creative talent.”
The studio has called on veteran post production producer Annalise Kurinsky to head the new division as director of feature film services. They have also brought on veteran colorist Doug Delaney and finishing editor John Pehlke. All three arrive from Santa Monica post house New Hat, where their recent credits included the TriStar release The Call (starring Halle Berry), Open Road’s A Haunted House (starring Marlon Wayons) and the Russian feature The Dyatlov Pass Incident.
Kurinsky’s background includes posts with Prime Focus and Post Logic Studios. Delaney also held staff posts at Prime Focus and iO Films and has graded 50 features since 2005. Pehlke also held a staff post at Next Element.
The new DI theater includes a Baselight color grading system, a Christie 4K digital projector and a 20-foot projection screen. The theater can natively accommodate all popular digital cinema camera formats, including raw formats, and grade imagery at resolutions up to 4K. It is also directly linked to the main Chainsaw facility providing projects with access to editorial, compositing, visual effects and other related services.
Chainsaw’s feature division is set up to service productions beginning with pre-production and can accommodate a variety of on-set/near-set dailies solutions. It also offers complete offline editorial facilities, post finishing services, titling, VFX and deliverable options thru DCP packaging.