post-production facility forges strategic alliance with on-set dailies
specialist Creative Science to provide turnkey post-production solutions for
feature films.
to build its post production services for feature films, Chainsaw
has hired John Persichetti as Senior DI Colorist. Persichetti brings more than
20 years of experience as a feature film colorist, most recently at Colorworks,
Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital intermediate facility. His credits there
included This Is the End, The Amazing Spider-Man, 21 Jump Street and Hotel Transylvania. At Chainsaw, Persichetti will operate out of
the company’s new, 4K digital intermediate theater. His first project will be A Haunted House 2 for Wayan Bros.

“John’s arrival is part of our
commitment to be the premier, independent provider of post services for feature
films in Hollywood,” said Chainsaw General Manager Steve Purcell. “He brings
experience at the industry’s highest level and a passion for his craft. We are
very pleased to welcome him to the Chainsaw family.”
John Persichetti
Annalise Kurinsky, Chainsaw’s
Director of Feature Film Services, notes that she had previously worked with
Persichetti and immediately thought of him for the role of Senior DI Colorist.
“John has worked with many top directors and DPs and is expert in interpreting
their visions,” she noted. “We are providing him with an environment where he
can continue to grow as an artist while working on diverse projects in a
facility with first-class resources.”
Persichetti, who holds a master’s
degree in film from NYU, began his career with the post house AME in Hollywood
and later worked at CIS, Post Logic Studios, Technicolor and Sony Pictures High
Definition Center. He joined the then new Colorworks facility in 2009 and
graded its first feature, the 3D animated hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Other notable credits include Samsara, Bad Teacher, Mamma Mia!, Superbad and Sin City.
Persichetti is enthusiastic about
joining an independent shop where he’ll have an opportunity to work on a broad
range of projects. “I’m excited about the quality of independent films being produced
today,” he observed. “Chainsaw has built a beautiful facility with great
resources for both independents and studio releases. I look forward to helping
it grow.”
In a related move, Chainsaw has
forged a strategic alliance with Creative Science, a specialist in on-set and
near-set dailies and other mobile post services. Creative Science has taken up
residence at Chainsaw’s Hollywood facility and the two companies plan to
co-venture on film and television projects. Creative Science will support productions
with on-set and near-set dailies services; Chainsaw will service them through
each stage of post: picture and sound editorial, visual effects, DI color
grading and editorial finishing.
Creative Science’s Mike Doggett and Merle Sharp
Creative Science’s dailies service
is based on Colorfront dailies technology as well as its own proprietary
software for metadata and digital asset management. The software streamlines
workflows and integrates easily with Chainsaw’s Avid editorial systems and
Baselight color grading systems. “Data flows smoothly from our systems through
editorial and finishing,” observed Creative Science co-founder Marco Bario. “Film
projects that we stay engaged with from the set through finishing will enjoy
seamless access to all that data.”
The agreement furthers Chainsaw’s
goal of offering a seamless workflow for feature post production in the same
way that it does for television post. “We want to provide our clients with a
complete post production experience,” explained Purcell. “It’s the same formula
that has made us a leader in television post for more than 17 years.”
Chainsaw was founded by Emmy-winning
editors Bill DeRonde and Mike Polito and originally 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.
Chainsaw is located at 940 N. Orange
Dr., 2nd floor, Hollywood, CA 90038. For more information, call
323.785.1550 or visit
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