Modern VideoFilm colorists nominated for 4 HPA Awards
October 31, 2014

Modern VideoFilm colorists nominated for 4 HPA Awards

SANTA MONICA — Artists from Modern VideoFilm ( are nominated for four HPA awards in color grading categories. The Hollywood Post Alliance’s 2014 HPA Awards are scheduled to take place on November 6th and recognize excellence in the post production field.

Modern VideoFilm colorist Natasha Leonnet is nominated for “Outstanding Color Grading - Feature Film” for her work on Labor Day (Jason Reitman, director; Eric Steelberg, cinematographer). In the same category, colorist Jill Bogdanowicz is nominated for her work on The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, director; Robert Yeoman, cinematographer).

In the “Outstanding Color Grading – Television” category, David Cole (pictured) is nominated for his work on the pilot for Reign (Brad Silberling, director; Checco Varese, cinematographer). Cole won the 2013 HPA Award for “Outstanding Color Grading - Feature Film” for Life of Pi.

Referring to his experience on Reign, director Brad Silberling called Modern VideoFilm his secret weapon. “I’m tremendously proud of the work we did on the Reign pilot,” says Silberling. “My partner in every frame of the story was colorist Dave Cole. In nuance, sensitivity, and genuine artistry, he’s unparalleled. I can’t think of a more fitting nominee.”

Colorist Joe Finley is nominated for his work on the Game of Thrones episode “Mockingbird.” It’s the third straight year that Finley has been nominated for “Outstanding Color Grading - Television.” He won the award in 2012 for Game of Thrones.

“It’s a tremendous honor and extremely humbling to have our work chosen for acknowledgement by our peers,” notes Mark Smirnoff, president of creative services at Modern VideoFilm. “We have assembled a world-class group of talent and we are proud that their work has spoken to so many.”