Super star colorist Carlucci joins Filmworkers Club

Crash Carlucci, Filmworkers’ new senior colorist

After an intense international search Filmworkers Club has hired super star colorist Brian “Crash” Carlucci, whose work for top agencies, A-list directors and projects in all genres spans four continents.

Carlucci officially joins Filmworkers as senior colorist Nov. 17 from a Bangkok post house, and he will be introduced to the ad community at Thursday’s AICP Show at the Cultural Center, says Filmworkers’ president, Reid Brody.

“His breadth of international experience makes him a fantastic addition to Filmworkers and helps make Chicago a world class market,” Brody says.

Carlucci joins’ Filmworkers’ Michael Mazur, director of advanced imaging and a color correction staff of five.

A dedicated colorist for 17 years, Carlucci comes to Filmworkers from post house Fame in Bangkok, where he headed a newly-launched data grading department.

A native Californian, Carlucci’s career began 17 years ago at The Tape House, New York, and includes tenures at Riot, Santa Monica, FSM in Sydney and Rumblefish, Milano.

“I’ve had an opportunity to design wonderful grades for clients from all over the world,” Carlucci says.

“In Italy, they create beautiful, stylized looks. Asia is all about the pop and bright colors that fit wonderfully alongside the neon lights. In Australia they favor subtle and elegant grades that compete with the looks from the UK.”

Carlucci was an early adopter of digital color grading technology.  He has experience with several digital grading platforms, including the Baselight system employed by Filmworkers, that he believes has the best toolset available. He was first introduced to the system in Australia.

Part of the motivation to work in Australia was to get a jump on a U.S. market that had not embraced digital grading for commercial workflow.

“I have been color designing in the all-digital pipeline for four years,” he notes.  “The minute I landed in Sydney, I did a huge campaign for Qantas with Russell Boyd (Academy Award-winning cinematographer of “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”), and since then, I’ve not looked back. I have constantly embraced new systems and workflows to keep ahead of the game.”

After graduating from film school, Carlucci, whose “Crash” nickname dates from his days on the U.S. ski team, began his career with Charlex and The Tape House, New York.

He later returned to Los Angeles, where he worked at Hollywood Digital, Pacific Ocean Post and Riot.

His U.S. clients include Radical Media, Anonymous Content, Aero Film, Imaginary Forces, Engine Room, Fox Sports, Cosmo Street, Lost Planet Editorial and HBO Creative. 

Carlucci also has numerous credits in music videos for such artists as 311, Master P, Empire of the Sun, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn and Trace Adkins. He also graded music video walls featured in Madonna’s World Tours.

Filmworkers is located at 232 E. Ohio; phone, 312/664-9333.