CHRIS MARTIN COLORIST
I started out as a still photographer but my love for moving images led me to my first coloring gig at Varitel Video in the late 1990’s. Back then everything was shot on film and we graded directly from the film hanging on the telecine. After working at Riot Pictures in Santa Monica from 2001-2003, I returned to San Francisco to do the thing I love in the place I love. From 2003-2005, I was the senior colorist at Retina. From 2005-2016, I was the senior colorist at Spy Post, offering the only Spirit Datacine film based commercial color grading system in Northern California.
San Francisco is a vibrant and diverse creative community. I’ve been blessed to have worked on commercial projects that include Levis, Chevy, NBA, Apple, Uber and Google. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for independent films with ties to the Bay Area. Some of my most fulfilling experiences have been grading films such as Fruitvale Station, Songs My Brother Taught Me and Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt.
Since 2016, I have been partnered with Mission Film and Design to continue the tradition of providing the San Francisco Bay Area with high end, locally owned color grading. Mission Film and Design features San Francisco’s only Baselight color suite. A second color suite featuring DaVinci Resolve allows us to cover any project needs. In additional to color, Mission Film and Design offers sound and Flame finishing services.
As of 2020, Mission Film and Design has been been certified by Dolby to grade and master in Dolby Vision HDR, making MFD the first (and as of now the only) Dolby certified post facility in San Francisco. We recently completed the Netflix film 7 Prisoners in Dolby Vision.