The Horses are on the track…
Charlie was born in Lake Placid NY, his childhood was spent in the tiny Persian Gulf Sheikdom of Qatar. He was dispatched, at the tender age of 8, to the rather troubled world of English boarding schools, where he was raised in the confines of a brutal and more often than not sadistic Dickensian world. The Headmaster’s motto was “Colour is crap, we never needed it in our day” Whilst attending this bleak institution he was often dispatched to the school’s dark, dank and monochromatic basement as punishment for possessing what “they” deemed to be an “unorthodox spirit” and also for the simple fact that all Charlie enjoyed and really looked forward to was his weekly attempts at escaping from this drab archaic nightmare. During once such basement jaunt Charlie was struck by the realization of his life’s true purpose. It wasn’t much of a realization or a very profound purpose. But at least he had one… Henceforth he would strive to bring a little colour to all the dingy dust bunny filled corners of his world. Charlie immediately informed all, whom cared to listen, of this new and exciting revelation. Charlie was abruptly “asked” to leave school, spent a rather sore and chaffed summer modeling G-strings in the South of France, was trained by and worked for Rank (UK) and Virgin TV (UK), then buggered off over the pond to Hollywood in Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Eight.
Work in Progress…
Charlie has over 25 years experience as a colorist and that has gifted him with a true artist’s eye, he is a highly sought after professional in his field. During his 17 years as a resident colorist at the late great Rushes in Los Angeles he earned such accolades as “miracle worker” “lifesaver” and “perfectionist”, but his favorite is simply “Charlie’s a bloody good colorist”.
After Rushes closed their doors in the December of 2011 Charlie chose to hold off on taking up another resident colorist position, instead opting to open up his own coloring shop called Department of Color. Department of Color was located within an established post campus, in Burbank, this gave Charlie the much needed creative flexibility to enable him to further expand his client base, resume, and skill set.
In the November of 2014 Charlie gently closed the doors of Department of Color, the end of another chapter… He is very proud of and fondly describes the experience as coloring whilst riding a unicycle with cymbols between his knees and a harmonica gaffer taped to his lips…. Some may wonder, the curious will ask, “So why did he park the unicycle?”
Well…Charlie had been approached by the lovely lads & lasses at Technicolor and happily accepted their offer to take up residency in Color 1 on the 3rd floor @ Sunset & Gower. Thus embarking on another exciting chapter with the creative and highly respected powerhouse that is Technicolor.
Charlie works hard to be a natural extension of any creative project he is part of. His good old fashioned, down to earth, hard working British approach along with his true passion for color and respect for the wonderful subtleties it possesses, have been the driving force behind his long lasting career. His clients run the gamut from Hollywood’s top DP’s & Directors to many an indie & avant-garde artist. The list is very impressive indeed and is available upon request…
Charlie is well happily married to the wickedly tasty Rachel and they have two lovely lads Josh (17) and Hunter (15). They all live in a very colorful home and there is no basement to be found.