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iO Film Hires Michael Mintz as DI Colorist

(April 13, 2005)

iO Film, a technologically advanced, full-service digital film finishing facility specializing in film and video projects from every sector of the entertainment industry, has hired Michael Mintz in the new position of Digital Intermediate Colorist. The announcement was made today by Tim Krubsack, President, iO Film. 

In his new post, Mintz will work with clients in the digital grading of feature films. With the explosion in demand for digital intermediate services, iO Film has bolstered its colorist ranks with the addition of Mintz, who has spent many years timing films, commercials, and music videos. Mintz will now work exclusively in the data realm and bring his years of experience, and many of his clients, to iO Film. 

?We are very fortunate to have Michael joining our staff at iO Film, says Mr. Krubsack. ?Michael has a great eye for color, and he has experience with creating more cutting-edge looks, which fits in very well with the toolsets available via the digital intermediate. 

Adds Mintz, ?I had been looking to move into digital color correction, and when iO Film created a new Digital Intermediate Colorist position, I jumped at the opportunity. The films coming into iO are of a very high caliber. Im looking forward to working with iOs clients to help them realize their unique visions. 


Michael Mintz started in TV production in 1987 at IVC in Manhattan as a Studio Manager. He later moved into post production as a dubber/tape operator. In 1990, he moved to Lee Rothberg Productions (LRP) as an assistant online editor. After some time there, he started mentoring with that companys colorist and moved into the assistant colorist position, later becoming a junior colorist.

In 1993, Mintz moved to San Francisco for a short stint as a dailies colorist at Monaco Labs. Soon thereafter, he was offered the junior colorist position at Western Images, where he worked on ?The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles for Lucas Films.  In 1997, with another colorist from Western Images, Mintz moved to Portland, Oregon, to start the telecine department at Downstream Digital. At the time, Downstream was the only West Coast facility north of Los Angeles to have a Spirit Datacine.

In the four years that he was at Downstream as one of two senior colorists, Mintz developed an eclectic list of clients, including Nike, Adidas, Wieden & Kennedy, and Will Vinton Studios, in addition to working on many national TV spots. He also worked on dozens of music videos coming out of the Seattle music scene. One of Mintzs highlights during this time was working with Will Vinton Studios on their two TV shows for Fox, ?The PJs, and ?Gary and Mike.

While in Portland, Mintz became interested in color timing for features, and in 2000 moved to LA to work at Sonys HD Center. There, he worked as a feature colorist until the studio closed the center in 2001. Later that same year, he started working with a number of clients that followed him to Los Angeles from the Pacific Northwest. He started his own company, DO TV, and his client list quickly grew to include independent feature films. As an outgrowth of the indie feature film and music video work he did, Mintz has also developed a specialty in color grading for extreme sports projects.


iO Film provides digital intermediate film finishing, film scanning, film recording, High Definition post-production, and HD-to-film services to the entertainment industry. The company is located at 4640 Lankershim Blvd, Suite #601, North Hollywood, CA, 91602. The phone is 818.487.2850, and the web address is:

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