Dave Cole
David Cole
Supervising Digital Colorist, Modern VideoFilm

David Cole began his career in 1996 in Melbourne, Australia in the telecine department of AAV Digital Pictures. While maintaining his position as a colorist, his role expanded to include being the Technical Director of Digital Film, utilizing his aesthetic as a colorist and technical knowledge from his BA of Applied Science in Computer Science. Digital film calibration tools and utilities were coded to allow precise color matching of digital to film, as well as automating some of the day to day procedures required in the Digital Film department. He also helped out in the visual effects department as a Technical Director, writing scripts and other tools for the CG group.
In 2001, Cole joined The Post House Ltd in Wellington, New Zealand, as a Lead Digital Colorist on Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, and over the next several years helped pioneer DI in Australia and New Zealand. In 2004, Cole joined Weta Digital as Supervising and Lead Digital Colorist, setting up and leading the DI division for Peter Jackson’s King Kong, for which he earned a nomination for Outstanding Color Grading – Feature film, from the Hollywood Post Alliance Awards in its inaugural year.
Cole moved to Hollywood in 2006 and joined LaserPacific and now works at ModernVideoFilm. Since that time he has graded such films as: TRON: Legacy (HPA nominated), Pride and Glory (HPA nominated), Alvin and the Chipmunks 1-3, The Ides of March, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and multi-Academy Award winning Life of Pi (HPA win – Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film).
He has also helped create the look of many TV series, grading pilots for such shows as: Sleepy Hollow, Scorpion, Jane the Virgin and Reign (HPA win – Outstanding Color Grading – Television).
Cole has been a regular panelist at industry events, including CineGear Expo, NAB and IBC, as well as educational events for the PGA, DGA, ASC and UCLA, and has helped in the development of the Lustre color correction application from Autodesk since 2001. He is also an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers and a member of the Visual Effects Society.
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