Company 3 colorists’ work was featured prominently at the 2016 Academy Awards. Tom Poole of Company 3 NY colored Best Picture, Spotlight, which gives him quite a run, as he colored the Best Picture two years ago, 12 Years a Slave, and multiple nominee, Foxcatchter. last year.
The heart-rending Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia, which garnered the Best Documentary Feature award, was colored by Paul Ensby at Company 3 London. Ensby was tasked with bringing a wide array of archival material and fresh interview footage into a cohesive visual space, “subduing some of the more garish colors that come from the older video formats,” he recalls, “and highlighting people in the frame in a cinematic way.”
Stephen Nakamura’s skills could also be seen in the color grading of nominated features, The Big Short (Best Picture/Best Director, Adam McKay) and Ridley Scott’s The Martian (Best Picture).