Nice Shoes today announces the appointment of Kevin Ratigan and Erik Bayley as junior colourists. Kevin has been promoted from his prior role at Nice Shoes as assistant colourist, while Erik joins after six years at Alter Ego.
Having gained a wealth of experience at studios such as Company 3 and Carbon VFX, Kevin originally joined Nice Shoes as part of their search for up-and-coming talent to nurture under the mentorship of seasoned professionals. Showcasing an extensive knowledge of the industry, Kevin’s promotion to junior colourist comes a mere eight months after his initial hire, and will grant him the opportunity to further grow his own client base at the creative studio.
Throughout his career, Kevin has worked on a range of mediums, including music videos, commercials, and short films. Particularly prolific in the music world, Kevin has worked on ‘U 2 Luv’ by Ne-Yo and Jeremih, Japanese Breakfast’s quirky ‘Savage Good Boy’, and Erica Banks’ ‘On They Neck’. Other notable projects include ‘The Road to Creativity’ series, a branded story collaboration between the Washington Post Brand Studio and Subaru, Fashion To Fit’s decadent ‘November 21 Collection’ ad, and New York & Company’s vibrant ‘Gabrielle Union’ commercial, starring the actress herself.
Turning to the year ahead, Kevin has a number of longform projects in the works, and is looking for more to come his way - as well as more experimental projects with VR and real time, a significant interest of his. Eager to push himself creatively, he looks forward to making the most of all that he has learnt so far at Nice Shoes and is continually impressing the team with his technical know-how.
Kevin Ratigan comments: “My experience so far at Nice Shoes has been amazing. Other than the great projects I’ve been a part of, it’s given me an amazing opportunity to pick up new techniques from the many talented artists here - not many get the chance to learn from some of the best in the industry, and I feel very lucky.”
Jason Farber, executive producer at Nice Shoes, adds: “We were looking for Resolve-based assistant colourists during the pandemic when we found Kevin, already a freelance colourist with his own book of work. Upon meeting him, it became clear that he was personable, fun to talk to, had a great eye and a wealth of knowledge. Kevin saw the assistant role as a great opportunity to grow, but we knew it would be short-lived based on his talent - it would only be a matter of time until we promoted him. He was an instant fit and the sky is the limit. It’s been a pleasure to watch him grow and inspire our cohort of up-and-coming talent.”
Erik began his career working on feature films, editing ‘Wild Smoke’ and ‘The Written Waltz’ for Little Dark Productions and Dragon Peak Productions, as well as directing ‘Life Line’ for EpikFliks - his own production company. In addition to his longform work, Erik has graded a number of commercials while developing his skills at Alter Ego. His range is showcased across Red Bull’s sun-soaked ‘Toronto Dance Tour’, Red String of Fate’s electric teaser trailer, and Mazda’s sleek campaign for its CX-30.
This impressive start to Erik’s colour career is reflected in his career highlights so far. He particularly relished the chance to see his work projected onto 30 foot screens as part of Kia’s #TheRedCube takeover at Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, as well as engaging in the creative process with one of his idols, Survivorman Les Stroud, when working as a colourist on his TV documentary ‘Surviving Disasters with Les Stroud’.
Erik joins Nice Shoes as the studio continues to expand its presence in Toronto, having also brought on the talented Tricia Hagoriles as senior colourist earlier this year. The two, who both joined from Alter Ego, bring a history of collaboration to the colour team. In the upcoming year at Nice Shoes, Erik is looking forward to being able to accommodate more demanding projects - with a new TV series and work with long-admired directors in the works.
Erik Bayley comments: “I was drawn to Nice Shoes by their international presence and their potential for growth. I’m so excited to be working alongside such a talented group of people and to be crossing paths with Tricia once again!”
Jason Farber, executive producer at Nice Shoes, adds: “I’ve been following Erik’s career since he was a new assistant at Alter Ego. We’d just brought on Tricia and wanted to bring someone on to support her, so getting Erik seemed out of reach because he was too senior. But, we shot for the stars and pivoted what we were looking for in order to open up globally these two incredible talents in the market. We hit the jackpot, and we can’t wait to bring colour back to Toronto with such a strong passionate new team!”