Independent
post-production facility unveils new 4K DI theater, adds Annalise Kurinsky as
Director of Feature Services, DI Colorist Doug Delaney and Finishing Editor
John Pehlke.
Hollywood—Chainsaw,
the boutique Hollywood post production facility with credits ranging from
American Idol to the Academy Awards, has launched a new division focused on
post-production services for features. The company has built an all-new 4K
digital intermediate theater at its facility on Orange in Hollywood and brought
on a colorist-editor-producer team with lengthy experience in preparing films
for digital cinema, film theatrical, broadcast and home entertainment release.
The new division will target both studio and independent features.
Founded
by Emmy-winning editors Bill DeRonde and Mike Polito, Chainsaw has established
itself as a premiere independent provider of editorial and post-production
services for scripted and unscripted television series, television specials and
other television content. It has done so by pairing top flight technology and a
flexible workflow, with the industry’s best creative talent. It is now applying
that same formula to features.

“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,” says Chainsaw General
Manager 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.”
Chainsaw
has tapped veteran post-production producer Annalise Kurinsky to head the new
division as Director of Feature Film Services. It has 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 held staff posts also at Prime Focus and iO Films prior and Pehlke also
held a staff post at Next Element. Delaney has graded more than 50 features
since 2005.
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. “We’ve designed a beautiful
theater that is ideal in size and has the ability to grade and finish films in
4K,” says Kurinsky. “When you combine that with Chainsaw’s reputation for
outstanding service you have a package that many producers will find very
compelling.”
Delaney
adds, “I’m excited to be part of such a successful organization here at
Chainsaw.  The feature DI suite is
increasingly a finishing venue. And by harnessing my background in visual
effects as well as Baselight’s powerful color correction platform, we are well
positioned to meet head-on the needs and challenges of filmmakers in today’s
quickly changing landscape.”
Chainsaw
is located at 940 N. Orange Dr., 2nd floor, Hollywood, CA 90038. For
more information, call 323.785.1550 or visit www.chainsawedit.com.

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