NEW YORK — Since its 2012 foundation in New York, Harbor (
http://harborpicturecompany.com/) has been consolidating production and post production services under one roof to provide what it describes as an elevated creative experience. After establishing a solid reputation in the industry, with a focus on service, technical innovation and maintaining a collaborative culture, studio co-founder and CEO Zak Tucker announced that Harbor has expanded its facilities to Los Angeles and London.
Industry veteran Russ Robertson joins Harbor’s new Los Angeles operation as EVP of sales, features & episodic, after a 20-year career with Deluxe and Panavision. James Corless, commercial director, and Thom Berryman, operations director, will spearhead Harbor’s new UK presence, following careers with Pinewood Studios, supporting clients such as Disney, Netflix, Paramount, Sony, Marvel and Lucasfilm.
Harbor’s LA-based talent pool includes color-grading from Yvan Lucas, who has over 200 major credits to his name, as well as Elodie Ichter, Katie Jordan and Billy Hobson. Some of the team’s projects include Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Irishman, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Maleficent, The Wolf of Wall Street, Snow White and the Huntsman and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Paul O’Shea, formerly of MPC Los Angeles, heads up the visual effects teams, tapping lead CG artist Yuichiro “Yama” Yamashita for 3D out of Harbor’s Santa Monica facility and 2D creative director Q Choi out of Harbor’s New York office. VFX artists’ brand clients include Nike, McDonalds, Coke, Adidas, Samsung, GM, LG, Sony, Toyota, Honda, Expedia, Amazon, Volvo, Enterprise, Facebook, Dolby, Red Bull, and Fresh Direct, to name just a few.
Harbor’s Los Angeles studio supports five grading theaters for feature film, episodic and commercial productions, offering private connectivity to Harbor NY and Harbor UK, with real-time color-grading sessions, VFX reviews and options to conform and final deliver in any location.
The new UK operation, based out of London and Windsor, will offer in-lab and near-set dailies services along with automated VFX pulls and delivery system, Anchor, as well as drawing from Harbor’s US talent pool, that is now available to the global film, episodic and commercials markets.
The New York operation has also grown its talent roster and Soho footprint to six locations, with a recently-expanded offering for creative advertising. Veteran artists on the commercial team include editors Bruce Ashley and Paul Kelly, VFX supervisor Andrew Granelli, colorist Adrian Seery, and sound mixers Mark Turrigiano and Steve Perski.
Harbor’s feature and episodic offering continues to expand, making its NY-based artists, such as senior colorists Joe Gawler and Roman Hankewycz, available in Los Angeles and London. Harbor’s New York campus is home to live-action, dailies, creative and offline editorial with over 80 edit suites, design, animation, VFX, conform, sound and picture finishing, offering filmmakers the opportunity to collaborate seamlessly with post production artists at the onset of production.
“Harbor’s mission to provide bespoke craft artistry at scale led us to expand from New York to LA and London, so we can support filmmakers wherever they need us across the globe,” says CEO Zak Tucker. “Our new LA and London operations are helmed by industry leaders who provide a high-touch, fast-response and personalized service, which distinguishes Harbor from its competitors. We’ve invested heavily in our pool of creative talent, as well as engineering, technical innovation and production staff. Our philosophy is: to be creative is to be human, so we want to protect, respect and support the artistic vision of everyone we work alongside.”