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Harbor adds colour scientist CJ Julian to talent roster

Jul 26, 2021

Harbor continues to expand its line-up of top global creative talent with the hiring of CJ Julian as colour scientist to work with tenured Harbor colour scientist, Matthew Tomlinson.

Julian joins Harbor with 15 years of experience in film and TV production. With a background as a lighting technician and cinematographer, he moved on to become an imaging scientist for EFILM/Deluxe Digital Services. His credits include Looper, Now You See Me, and Caesar Chavez. Julian also provided imaging science support on shows such as M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Glass, Jordan Peele’s Us, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and Sam Mendes’s Skyfall.

Skyfall (2012)
Directed by Sam Mendes
Shown from left: Javier Bardem, Daniel Craig

Most recently, he’s also served as Professor and program coordinator in the film department of the world-renowned Ringling College of Art and Design. He is also a DaVinci Resolve Certified Trainer and has been an influence on many emerging colourists in the film, television, and advertising industries.

Matthew Tomlinson heads up Harbor’s colour science operations, overseeing colour consistency from pre-production through final, as well as developing overall colour look.   With more than 25 years of industry expertise, he has held senior imaging science positions with SHED, EFILM, Tippett Studios, P.O.P. and Bossfilm prior to Harbor, working on major projects such as Suicide Squad, Skyfall, The Avengers, Matrix: Revolutions, and Air Force One.

Recent Harbor credits for Tomlinson and his team include Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Louis Leterrier’s Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, and Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman.

Promising Young Woman

On CJ Julian joining his colour science talent roster at Harbor, Tomlinson said: “CJ’s colour science knowledge and his natural ease of interacting with cinematographers, directors and colorists make him a fantastic addition to the Harbor team. As Harbor’s global footprint expands, he is the perfect person to not only support but help shape the future of colour science at Harbor.”

Harbor is a global company with operations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. Relentlessly focused on talent, technical innovation, and protection of artistic vision, Harbor hones every detail throughout the moving image-making process: live-action, dailies, creative and offline editorial, design, animation, visual effects, CG, sound and picture finishing.

Notable feature and episodic post-production projects include, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, directed by Quentin Tarantino for Sony Entertainment, The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese for Netflix, Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard for Lucasfilm, Ocean’s 8, directed by Gary Ross for Warner Bros., Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve for Paramount,  Billions, created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin for Showtime, and Sweetbitter, executive produced by Stuart Zicherman for Starz.  Harbor’s advertising brand clients include American Express, Nike, Adidas, Swarovski, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Dior, Versace, Estee Lauder, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Tide, Mercedes, Toyota, Walmart, Citibank, Eliquis, Humira, Sanofi, Bounty, Olay, Crest, and Cascade.


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