studied at San Francisco State University’s cinema department. He started as a timer at W.A. Palmer Films, San Francisco’s premier film laboratory, in 1975. As colour grading advanced into the electronic era with the development of telecines
and computerized color correction, he jumped into the telecine trade in 1984, first at Diner+Allied and then over to Western Images in 1991 where he worked on television commercials, Lucasfilm’s ABC television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
and other broadcast long-form titles. He has worked as a freelance telecine colorist since 2001 at San Francisco telecine houses including Varitel Modern VideoFilm, American Zoetrope, Retina, and Spy Post
In 2004, he participated on PIXAR’s digital intermediate color grading team on Brad Bird’s The Incredibles using the discreet lustre station. That year, he also worked on the restoration via HD Digital intermediate of the 1974 film The Grateful Dead in collaboration with David O.Weissman of Video Arts. In 2005, I helped Monaco Digital Film Laboratories inaugurate their digital intermediate department using Assimilate’s SCRATCH station to color grade Finn Taylor’s feature film The Darwin Awards.
For his recent work and clients from the third act of his career: The Digital Camera, visit: http://garycoates.net/recent_work.html