Veteran colorist Trent Johnson has joined MTI Film. Johnson brings more than 25 years of experience and credits spanning features, animation, episodic television and restoration. His recent credits include Columbia Pictures’ The Emoji Movie, Screen Gems’ Proud Mary and the upcoming MGM comedy Overboard.
MTI Film CEO Larry Chernoff sees Johnson’s arrival as a big win. “We are very excited to welcome Trent to our talent pool,” he said. “He is a versatile and talented artist with strong studio relationships and a passion for the creative process.”
Johnson comes to MTI Film from Deluxe, Culver City. His previous experience also includes staff posts with Sony Pictures Colorworks, Technicolor, Encore and Complete Post.
Early in his career, he worked on numerous animated television series, including such classics as The Transformers, Duck Tales and A Pup Named Scooby Doo. In recent years, he has focused on final grading for studio features.
His more than 100 film credits include Ted 2, Priest and Race to Witch Mountain, as well as the animated features The Smurfs and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
Johnson said he was drawn to MTI Film by its diverse clientele and stellar reputation. “MTI Film is a solid company, with great leadership, and the resources to support my studio clients,” he said. “They also are very strong in digital restoration and television. I see a lot of potential for growth.”
In describing his approach to color, Johnson said he is guided by the artistic vision of the director and cinematographer. “I like natural looks and lean toward what the camera recorded and the DP’s vision,” he said. “It’s always a collaboration.”
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