Splice Here® announced the addition of Colourist Alexis Van Hurkman to the company’s talent roster. Hurkman comes to Splice having recently moved from New York, where he colour graded a wide diversity of projects including commercials, narrative and documentary features, shorts, and experimental pieces.
"I have known Alexis for many years and he brings a lot of experience and passion for the art of colour,” says Splice Senior Colourist Michael Sandness. “His addition to our team aligns with Splice's mission to be continually improving and finding new approaches to turn out high-quality work. We have already begun to collaborate on projects and look forward to a strong partnership.”
An incredibly versatile talent, Van Hurkman has colour corrected high-end commercials, as well as television programming that has aired on The History Channel, The Learning Channel, BBC Four, and WNET. Van Hurkman has color graded features and shorts that have played at the Telluride, Sundance, Tribeca, Hamptons, and Amsterdam Film Festivals, among many others. Additionally, video art pieces Hurkman has worked on have been exhibited at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art, and San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
“I’m thrilled to collaborate with Splice on national commercials, television programming, and independent film projects,” explains Van Hurkman, ”I’ve been very impressed by Splice; it’s a full-service post-production company in an era of small boutiques, and I appreciate its extensive talent roster and formidable infrastructure, as well as its emphasis on high-end projects. This is a great opportunity for me to work on a diversity of national commercials, television, and independent films, while retaining my personal collaborations with video artists and my own creative projects.”
Beyond his impressive work as a Colourist, Van Hurkman also directs. His feature film “Four Weeks, Four Hours” screened at Manhattan’s NewFilmmakers series, and the Colorado Breckenridge, Salento Italy, Portland Longbaugh, Toronto ReelHeART, Hollywood FAIF, and San Fernando Valley Film Festivals. He is currently developing “Starship Detritus,” an animated science fiction series.
A published writer of several books in the field of colour correction and post-production, Van Hurkman’s increasingly popular “Colour Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema” (Peachpit Press) has been called “as close as we're going to get to a standard textbook for the world of color correction.” Van Hurkman has also worked behind the scenes of some of the most popular post-production software in use, having updated the DaVinci Resolve 8 user manual on behalf of Blackmagic/DaVinci, and written numerous reference materials for Apple including “Final Cut Studio: Workflows,” and the user manuals for Apple Colour, Shake 4, and Final Cut Pro versions 2 through 4. On behalf of RED DIGITAL CINEMA, he also wrote and updated three versions of the RED Final Cut Studio workflows guide.
Lastly, Van Hurkman enjoys opportunities to teach and present. He’s taught grading seminars for the Graduate Film Division at NYC’s Columbia University, has spoken on Digital Colour Management for Film and Video at NAB, and has done numerous colour correction presentations worldwide at SuperMeets, DV Expos, the After Effects NYC and Mopictive users groups, NRK, Norway’s Broadcast Mountain symposium, Sweden’s Dramatiska Institutet, and many other user’s groups and venues.