December 17, 2009


The studio was founded by brothers Michael and Peter Cioni, and consists of two divisions: Ironwork, which provides dailies processing for tape and tapeless media, offline and online editorial, data conform and color grading; and Lightwork, which provides technology consultation, systems integration and workflow design.

Lightiron has a 4K stereoscopic digital intermediate grading theatre featuring Quantel’s Pablo and Assimilate’s Scratch color grading system. The room offers 2K and 4K cinema projectors for both 2D and 3D post. In the Spring, Lightiron will open new space as part of a build-out. The facility will add film scanning and digital cinema packaging services to its list of offerings.

Michael Cioni, who serves as CEO, was previously digital intermediate supervisor at PlasterCity Digital Post, a company he co-founded. He has supervised DI work on more than 100 features. Peter Cioni is CFO and comes from a background in the financial services industry, having worked within multiple areas of JPMorgan’s Investment Banking Division. The team also includes CTO Chris Peariso, executive producers Katie Fellion and Paul Geffre, colorists Milton Adamou and Mark Todd Osborne, and finishing artist Matt Blackshear.

Since setting up shop, Lightiron has completed eight feature film DIs and has lent its file-based Lightworks expertise to several projects, including James Cameron’s Avatar, where it provided 3D monitoring and on-set processing of Red camera dailies.

PHOTO: Lightiron's (top L-R) Michael Cioni, Chris Peariso, Paul Geffre, Oscar Velasquez, (botton L-R) Peter Cioni, Katie Fellion and Matthew Blackshear.