Chicago-based Sarofsky and Nolo Digital Film have entered into a strategic partnership with Nolo moving into Sarofsky’s studio in Chicago’s West Loop, said Sarofsky Principal and Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky and Mike Matusek, Founder and Colorist at Nolo Digital Film. As part of the partnership, Nolo is sharing Sarofsky’s customer service and production resources.
Sarofsky Managing Director/Executive Producer Steven Anderson and Head of Production Joel Signer will share oversight on production for both companies.
Nolo’s extensive credits include involvement with recent, high-profile restorations Orson Welles’ The Chimes at Midnight and Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and coloring Steve James’ latest project with ESPN Films, which debuted at this year’s SXSW Festival.
“As an artist-driven studio focused solely on color-grading commercials and feature films, we are very proud of everything we’ve achieved so far,” Matusek said in a statement. “While we’re a small studio, we know our talent and services are world-class.”
In addition to Matusek, who arrived at Nolo in 2007, Nolo’s core talents include Senior Colorist Elliot Rudmann, who’s been at Nolo since 2009, and Color Assistant Kathleen Young, who started in 2016.
“In a business where change and turnover are constants, we are especially proud to have been able to stay together, and in top form, for our clients,” said Rudmann, also in a statement. “We feel this new arrangement with Sarofsky is a dream come true for everyone involved.”
Sarofsky has been collaborating with Nolo since 2009, and some of its biggest projects have been colored by Nolo artists, including last year’s main title sequence for Apple TV Plus original series, WeCrashed, starring Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway.
“[H]aving Nolo in the studio while our artists are designing, editing and animating will enhance the opportunities for collaboration at all stages of the process,” said Sarofsky in a statement.
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