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Colorist Brian “Crash” Carlucci Joins Filmworkers

Former Riot, Santa Monica; FSM, Australia; and Rumblefish, Milano artist adds international flair and grading experience for top brands.

CHICAGO— Colorist Brian “Crash” Carlucci, whose work spans four continents and is a frequent collaborator of some of the world’s top ad agencies and commercial directors, has joined


, Chicago, as Senior Colorist.

Carlucci’s peripatetic career includes tenures at Riot in Santa Monica, FSM in Sydney, Rumblefish in Milano, and most recently, Fame in Bangkok, where he headed a newly-launched data grading department. Among his recent credits is an international campaign for Carrera Sunglasses titled No Regrets for DLV BBDO, Milan, and the world launch campaign for Izusu’s new D-Max pick-up truck. Carlucci’s color design has also helped shape beautiful looks for Ferrari, BMW, Nike, Armani Junior, Mercedes Benz, Corona, Toyota, Qantas and Mitsubishi.

Filmworkers president Reid Brody said that Carlucci’s hiring followed an intense international talent search. “Crash’s experience in working with A-list directors on top tier creatively assignments makes him a fantastic addition to Filmworkers and the Chicago market,” Brody said.

Crash Carlucci
“He ranks among the top commercial colorists worldwide.” Brody added that Filmworkers will introduce Carlucci to the Chicago advertising community at the Chicago AICP Show, November 17th.

The unusual breadth of Carlucci’s experience is rare among colorists and he believes it will serve him well in his new home at Filmworkers. “I’ve had an opportunity to design wonderful grades for clients from all over the world,” he said. “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 nickname, Crash, dates from his days on the U.S. ski team, began his career with Charlex and The Tape House, New York. He later relocated to Southern California 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. In addition to his work in commercials, Carlucci 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 St. Penthouse, Chicago, IL 60611. For more information, call (312) 664-9333 or visit