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Behind the Title: Harbor’s Roman Hankewycz

NAME: Roman Hankewycz

COMPANY: New York City’s  Harbor Picture Company @harborpicture

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
Harbor Picture Company is a high-end post-production and production house. We offer post production services across the full spectrum of picture and sound disciplines for feature film, television and commercial projects. Specifically our services include digital dailies, offline editorial, VFX, DI/color correction, sound editorial, mix and ADR and digital and tape deliverables, as well as an accomplished commercial production department.

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Colorist

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Once the edit is locked the project enters the finishing phase, which includes color correction among other things like sound mixing, titling, etc.  As a colorist you work with the director and cinematographer to come up with a “look” for the project. We watch the film and discuss it in terms of color; there may be color motifs that need to be highlighted or specific instances where something needs to be accentuated through color.  Sometimes we share photos or refer to other films that served as inspiration during production to aid the dialog. Using all of that information, we develop the look and then work through the film to create consistency between shots and scenes. The colorist is also one of the last people to work on a project, so part of the job is catching and fixing errors that may have fallen through the cracks so the final deliverable is as perfect as possible.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
It may be surprising to consider that it’s a very people-oriented job. You spend your days in very close quarters with the filmmakers whose projects you’re working on. Each client and project is different, and you need to be able to clearly communicate very subjective concepts while also creating a friendly environment that makes the workday enjoyable.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
Without question it’s making beautiful images [like the ones above for Public Morals]. Nothing beats the satisfaction of seeing a beautiful piece and knowing that I had a hand in making it look that way.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Sitting in a dark room all day limits your ability to develop a nice tan.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
What kind of question is this? 11:52am! (Editor’s Note: We like that time of day too. Right before lunch, yet still officially morning. Good pick.)

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
I’ve wondered about this myself.  I’m not sure, but I’d like to build furniture or own a surf shop on some tropical island.

HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
After college I set my sights on the film industry, although in hindsight I didn’t know anything about it.  In my first few years of interning and working, I was lucky enough to meet and learn from a few gracious and talented people. I tried my hand at many roles in post production but with time I gravitated toward online editing and, finally, color correction specifically. I was really drawn to the power of being able to manipulate the image, but also to the craftsmanship involved. Every project is an opportunity to refine your craft, to experiment with new looks and techniques, and in this way the work is always challenging and therefore compelling.

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HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
It was a few years into my career in post production that I decided to specifically pursue being a colorist.

 

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
Public Morals is a show currently airing on TNT, Adderall Diaries (pictured right) is a film I worked on that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and I Smile Back is a feature film to be released this month.

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
In addition to the ones I mentioned we can include I Smile Back, which just released it’s official trailer (below) and will be coming out soon.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
I don’t have a specific project that I’m most proud of. I’m proud of any project where the grade is solid and the client is happy… those are the most important things to me.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
Phone, tablet, TV.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
I’m very bad at social media.

DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK?
I have music on almost all the time.

CARE TO SHARE YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC TO WORK TO?
It’s easy to get tired of even your favorite music when it’s constantly playing in the background, so I’m always switching it up and choosing playlists that I haven’t heard of.  I surprise myself with days filled with bluegrass or island jams. But if I’m by myself and getting pumped up for the weekend I go with the classics… GNR.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
It can get stressful, but I love the work and in the end I’d take my bad days over other people’s good days. That and a cold beer keeps me on an even keel.


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