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Creative Director Mark Gethin takes us cross-country for C’mon C’mon

C’mon C’mon tells the story of a radio journalist who embarks on a cross-country trip with his energetic nephew to show him life away from Los Angeles. Directed by Mike Mills and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann and Woody Norman, the film has received many plaudits and awards including the prestigious Golden Frog at the 2021 EnergaCAMERIMAGE festival.

Colourist and Creative Director at The Mill, Mark Gethin, tells us more about the process of grading this beautiful film.

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How did you start your career in colour?

I got into colour many years ago at Rushes in London.  I was lucky enough to get involved at a time when there wasn’t a huge interest in colour grading so I progressed through the ranks pretty quickly.  I was promoted to colourist when I was in my early 20s and before digital took over, so everything was still shot on film. It was a great way to learn the craft.

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“It was interesting grading a feature-length film in black and white. You tend not to get distracted by backgrounds and concentrate more on the actors’ faces.”


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