Joseph Bicknell relocated from London to New York when he joined Company 3 in early 2019, following a very successful run as co-director/founder of finishing house, Cheat, where his innovative and tasteful work on major commercial campaigns and music videos helped him forge a reputation internationally.
His work on campaigns for Nike, Volkswagen, Dior and Mugler and on videos for major acts such as The Weekend and Wolf Alice demonstrates a deep passion for color that always makes an impression while serving the feel of the photography. He received the internationally esteemed Gold Award for Color Grading from the 2021 Ciclope festival for the spot “A Mediterranean Dream” for Spanish clothing label Mango.
Recent feature film work includes the powerful, award-winning drama Moffie, which is set in 1981 apartheid South Africa and two 2022 Sundance Film Festival premieres: Nanny, a supernatural drama set in New York and Living, a reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Ikiru.
Bicknell started his career at 15 working as a runner in London. After serving in nearly every aspect of production and post, he discovered his true passion lay in color grading, where one makes creative choices quickly and sees results instantly. He honed his skills first freelancing and then at his company, Cheat. All the while, Company 3, with its worldwide presence, major infrastructure and artist-centric approach, served as something of a model for him as a shop set up to allow colorists to focus on creativity.