The Mill grows color team
July 7, 2016

The Mill grows color team

NEW YORK — The Mill ( has announced several changes to its global color grading department, including the addition of two new colorists — Damien Van Der Cruyssen and Nick Metcalf — to its New York studio, and the promotion of Dee Allen to group director of color.

The Mill is a VFX and content creation studio. They welcome back Damien Van Der Cruyssen (left), following a two-year tenure at Company 3. Specializing in setting distinctive looks for luxury brands, Van Der Cruyssen has earned a reputation as a go-to colorist for internationally renowned beauty brands, including Maybelline, L’Oreal and Neutrogena. In addition to his work within the beauty world, Van Der Cruyssen is well versed in long-form color grading. Since his arrival, he’s made full use of the Mill’s close relationship with Technicolor, grading the Mick Rock feature documentary Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Nick Metcalf (right) joins the New York team from Vision On, where he spent the last six years carving a niche out of working with both film and stills photographers to retouch and grade images for the fashion world, collaborating closely with well-known brands such as J Crew, Gap and Michael Kors.

Dee Allen (middle) moves up from executive producer of color to group color director. In this role, he will work alongside the managing directors and color EPs across all studios, focusing on the continued development of The Mill’s global creative roster and the implementation of new color offerings and initiatives.

“Acquiring and developing new and existing talent is always exciting, and these additions will ensure our continued offering of the best talent to the global advertising industry,” says head of color for New York, Fergus McCall. “Together with our exceptional roster of grading talent across the group, we’ll look to continue producing creatively engaging, award-winning and visually beautiful work as well as build many strong new client relationships, and cultivate existing ones. The developments to our team usher in a new era for color grading at The Mill, wherein we’ll be looking to expand on our color capabilities and offerings.”

Across the group, The Mill now has 16 colorists, all of which have a distinct and unique style, and are made available to clients globally via The Mill’s remote grading setup.