Colorist Joe Finley, whose credits include the HBO series Game of Thrones, has joined Chainsaw, a division of The SIM Group. A veteran with more than 20 years of experience in features and episodic television, Finley will be based in the DI theater at Chainsaw’s Hollywood facility, newly equipped with a Da Vinci Resolve grading system. He is currently grading the fifth season of Game of Thrones.
“We’ve been big fans of his work on Game of Thrones and are very excited to have him here and working on that project,” said Chainsaw co-founder Bill DeRonde.
Finley previously worked at Modern VideoFilm, where he served as senior colorist for nearly two decades. His credits there encompass more than 100 feature films, including such acclaimed titles as The Descendants, 3:10 to Yuma and Walk the Line. A three-time HPA Award nominee, he won the HPA Award for television color grading in 2012 for the Game of Thrones episode “The Prince of Winterfell.” He began his career at Laser Pacific.
“The facility has a great location and a great vibe, and caters to everything my clients ask for,” said Finley. “I want to help Chainsaw continue to grow its scripted television department, and to seek out more high-end scripted television shows.”
Finley asserted that there has never been a better time to work in scripted television. “Creative people enjoy more freedom in television today,” he said. “A lot of great cinematographers and directors are moving to TV today because they want that freedom.”