Santa Monica-based TV post house ArsenalFX Color, (sister company to ArsenalFX), announced the addition of colorist Randy Starnes to its staff.
Most recently, Starnes served as a colorist with Sony Pictures Studios’ Colorworks Division, where he worked in their 4K television facility on dozens of 4K finishing projects. During his long career, he has performed television mastering services for such TV series as The Black List, Masters of Sex, The Big C, The Client List, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives, as well as for TV movies including Five More, Sunset Bar, Blue Lagoon and Steel Magnolias.
Starnes has been a member of the postproduction industry since 1981, and a colorist since 1983. In addition to the TV projects cited above, he has also contributed his digital skills during his career to dozens of other popular TV shows including Scandal, Army Wives, Bones, Laguna Beach, NYPD Blue, The Visitor, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Northern Exposure, and many others.
Starnes began his career working on regional and national commercials, as well as TV movies, documentaries, short films, and the PBS series Nova, before moving to Los Angeles in 1991 where he began specializing as a colorist for television.
Starnes has held several managerial positions with various post companies in Los Angeles, including serving as director of telecine at Digital Magic, The Post Group, Encore Video and Hollywood Digital. Moving to New York in 1999, he consulted in building a new telecine department for Shooting Gallery/Gun for Hire. Working with engineer Thoma Thurau, Starnes oversaw the design and implementation of a three-telecine postproduction facility in Manhattan. Today, that site is known as Technicolor’s Leroy Street facility.
Starnes returned to California in 2000 as vice president/director of telecine at Westwind Media. That year, NYPD Blue became ABC’s first high-definition primetime series – it was followed the next season by another ABC HD series, The Practice.
In 2003, Starnes formed a business servicing clients with a DaVinci 2K color corrector placed inside West Post Digital, a boutique post facility. There, Starnes offered services to the rapidly growing reality programming industry, with clients including MTV, and such TV shows as Making the Video, Punk’d ,Laguna Beach, The Real O.C., and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.