MPC LA has announced the addition of its second colorist, Ricky Gausis, who is expected to help bolster a U.S. color grading department, headed by creative director Mark Gethin. Gausis, who has worked at MPC for 10 years, has developed a style influenced by Jean-Clément Soret in London.
Gausis boasts a host of high-grade commercials and music videos to his credit, including Florence and the Machine‘s “Spectrum” music video, a study in contrasts between vibrant color and muted stage scenes directed by David LaChapelle. His recent ad work includes the “Strip Away 2” spot for Nissan and a piece for Red Bull directed by Pete Candeland at Passion Pictures. On previous visits to the L.A. office, Gausis worked with directors such as Matt Dilmore of Epoch, Jeremy Konner of Partizan, and Todd Cole of the Directors Bureau, to name a few.
“Ricky, while already an accomplished colorist in London, is looking forward to establishing himself as a go-to talent in the States,” MPC’s head of telecine development, Ed Koenig, said. “He’s capable of handling basically anything that walks through the door.”
Gausis’ arrival marks the beginning of an expansion to the color department at MPC LA, which has offered color grading in the U.S. since opening its Santa Monica office in 2008. As Gethin continues to impact the market through his work with A-list directors, the studio is ramping up its West Coast offering with a second grading room.
MPC LA’s grading talent will be supported by a hardware base that focuses on offering its clients every facet of the grading world, from full data management processing, with MPC Data Labs technology, to projection DI feature grading and standard Dolby screen grading environments, all situated on the fourth floor of the studio’s central Santa Monica offices.