We're proud of our exceptionally creative and experienced artists, with many key staff having been with the company for over 20 years. Equally we recognise the importance of young talent and new ideas. Want to know more about our staff? get in touch!
Senior Flame Artist
Brenton Cumberpatch walks the fine line between artistic wizardry and techno geekery. As Senior Flame Artist as well as Images & Sound’s Visual Effects Supervisor, Brenton has been creating motion graphics and visual effects for Feature Films, Short Films, Drama Series and Commercial Projects for over 16yrs.
“The Flame’s ability to provide a creative solution for just about any request is truly fantastic, and gives clients a fully interactive artistic process”.
Brenton’s passion for film and television technology ensures Images & Sound lead the way in an ever changing environment.
As the senior Sound Mixer at Images & Sound, Tom draws on his vast experience and inspirational ideas to bring his projects to life.
“I love what I do. I thrive on the different challenges each and every project presents me with and discovering new ways to resolve them while delivering my clients a result they’re proud of.”
After experiencing the music industry as a keyboard player touring North America and Europe in the 90’s, Tom decided to pursue a career in a medium he’d become totally passionate about and in 2000 he graduated top of the class with a Diploma in Audio Engineering.
“Playing, recording, editing, mixing various instruments together to create a story or an audio landscape are all fundamental functions of both the music and film industries.”
Tom has been recognised for his talents with 5 award nominations over the past 7 years culminating in a win at the Qantas Film & Television Awards in 2010 for Kaitangata Twitch.
“My career at Images & Sound has been wide and varied with stand out projects being The Kick, This Is Not My Life, Doves of War, Kidnapped, Boy, God Machine…these, and all other projects I’ve worked on, stick with me for the challenges involved in bringing the clients vision to life."
And Tom still enjoys keeping his hand music engineering working alongside artists as diverse as Don McGlashan, and Sola Rosa, recording and mixing albums and film scores.
Baselight Colourist Alana Cotton has developed an exciting client list across all genres. When colouring film, TV, music or commercial projects Alana always brings her passion for storytelling alive.
“Every project is unique and whether you want to enhance what you have captured in camera or inject a new style - I love helping find the best way to creatively tell your story.”
Alana's film work includes cult-horror "Deathgasm", SXSW winner "Ellen is Leaving", acclaimed documentaries "The Ground We Won", "Kim Dotcom - Caught In the Web" and Gaylene Preston's "My Year With Helen". Television work includes primetime drama "Dirty Laundry" and Series 2 of the hugely successful 7 Network Drama "Wanted".
“Sometimes a project requires subtlety to gently guide the audiences eye and express a certain emotion, and sometimes it needs an edge or a strong stylistic look. Whichever direction you are going in I love talking shop - so if you have any creative or technical questions about your upcoming project feel free to contact us any time.”
Check out her website for more details.
Hailing from California, Paul is a talented and dynamic colourist, offering a wealth of expertise and experience. His creativity, attention to detail and aesthetic vision are combined with an affinity for the latest colouring technology.
"One of my favourite projects to date was the feature “Dead Daughters” which I graded in Russia. There were so many ground breaking looks that it was extremely inspiring to work on."
Regarded as one of the world’s leading Baselight Colourists, Paul travels the globe to grade feature films, and as a Baselight educator for up and coming talent.
“It’s extremely rewarding to share my knowledge of the Baselight Colour Grading system gained from years of hands on experience at Images & Sound.”
Paul is also passionate about his family, photography, hiking and climbing including scaling the great Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009.
Check out Paul's website for more detailed information.
Senior Flame Artist
Andrew Mortimer came to Images & Sound from the UK after six years editing at the top London facility ‘Rushes’ where he worked on commercials and music clips for artists such as George Michael, Janet Jackson, Robert Palmer and Garageland and was also credited on the Bond movie 'Tomorrow Never Dies'.
Andrew is a fast and inventive online artist, fully conversant with our powerful Flame online suite.
As one of Images & Sound's most experienced colourists, Kim works in the Baselight Grading theatre colouring Television series, Films and Commercials. Kim brings a wealth of style and experience to every project she works on.
"I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on so many of New Zealand's top Televsion Series throughout my career."
Kim's work includes popular drama series "Brokenwood", "800 Words", "Westside", "Go Girls”, ”Nothing Trivial”, "Step Dave" and "Blue Rose"
Sound Mixer & Composer
Ben relocated from Wellington in 2010 where he had worked as a Dialogue editor and ADR recordist for Film and Television as well as a Foley artist, Sound designer and then later Senior engineer at Marmalade Audio.
Since moving to Images & Sound he has focussed on Sound Design for Televison commercials, and TV Drama mixing.
“I love creating and manipulating sound and the depth it can add to a story. It can really bring a world to life.”
From subtle and delicate to experimental and brash, Ben’s Sound Design work has featured in everything from TV to Games, Art Galleries to Theatre and, more recently, international Film Festivals.
Ben is also a talented composer, and has written music for two childrens television series and numerous commercial clients, including Hotels.com, Subway, Janola, Pascoes, Stevens, Stewart Dawsons, Whitcoulls and the HPV campaign for the Ministry of Health.
Nich is a highly qualified and experienced sound engineer, having worked on a variety of post-production and music projects both locally and abroad. With a strong client focus, Nich uses his knowledge and skill to ensure all projects achieve the highest possible standard.
Nich's recent work includes the acclaimed TV series "Coast", "DNA Detectives", "Modern Dinosaurs" and the childrens series "Moe"
Mike has an unbridled passion for sound and has gained extensive knowledge working his way through various Sound Post disciplines. Mike is experienced in both SFX and Dialogue editing and lays the foundation for a lot of projects coming through the building.
"There have been some great projects that I have worked on over the years, but working on and being part of the 6 Seasons of Outrageous Fortune and the film Insatiable Moon have been a highlight so far."
"I've been nominated twice as part of a team for Sound Design at the Qantas Film and TV Awards.(Outrageous Fortune & Go Girls)"
Projects Mike has worked on include:
Wanted (Series 2), 800 Words, Brokenwood, Pukana, Amazing Extrordinary Friends, The Kick, Dirty Laundry, The Cult, Outrageous Fortune, Insatiable Moon, Go Girls, Nothing Trivial, Mercy Peak
"From a young age many of my interests related to audio. These ranged from playing musical instruments, tearing apart audio equipment to see how it worked or wondering how light sabres sound the way they do."
This enthusiasm led Alan to an Audio Engineering Diploma from SAE and onwards into broadcast and post production. He has spent the last decade developing a broad knowledge of the technical side of these industries. As one of Images & Sound's in-house Sound Designers he has been involved in many recent high profile projects.
"There's something about the way audio blends creativity with technical understanding that fascinates me. Success relies equally on both elements."
Recent projects include: Westside (TV drama) Why Does Love (Telefeature) Hillary (TV Drama), When We Go To War (TV drama), The Brokenwood Mysteries (TV drama), Step Dave (TV drama), Nothing Trivial (TV drama), Ross & Beth (short), The Hunting Party (short)
Head of Sound
Steve Finnigan is our head of sound, as well as Images & Sound's company director. With over 25 years’ experience in radio and television, he heads up a talented sound team with vast experience in all aspects of Audio Post Production.
Steve is the company's Sound Supervisor and ADR recording specialist for Film and Television projects. He has been on the credit list for many films and TV Dramas nationally and internationally and has a Golden Reel award for his ADR recording on Hercules, The Legendary Journeys and Xena, Warrior Princess series' as well as a 2010 Qantas Film and Television award.
"It's a great pleasure heading up such a talented sound team; a team that's incredibly proud of the vast contribution they have made to a vast number of Film and TV Dramas all over the world. Our expanding client base internationally for not only Film but also TV has been an exciting transition and a great reward for such a hardworking team."
Head of Images
Grant Baker has a reputation and experience in the industry that is second to none. A highly respected editor, Grant now uses this expertise to complement his role as post production supervisor on many leading New Zealand drama series, feature films and international co-productions.
Grant heads a team of highly acclaimed creative specialists who embrace new technologies lead the field in implementing modern data based workflows.
“Images & Sound’s objective is to be the post production facility that offers the best range of high quality creative services to the film, television and advertising industries”.
Please email Grant Baker — Company Director
Post Production Supervisor
As Images & Sound's Post Production Supervisor, Paul Smith looks after some of New Zealand’s top TV shows, as well as local feature films.
After graduating with an Honours in Screen & Media, Paul began working in interactive media design and then moved into post production in 2006.
"I started my interest in post when I was studying graphic design at art school in 1997. I got really inspired by the direct film work of Len Lye; there was a Steenbeck film editing unit, so I found some old footage and started to have a play."
One of his favourite projects to date was working on The Almighty Johnsons. "It has been a privilege working with the creative talent we have here to help make such a great looking show. From the Foley artists creating unique sounds, to the colourists applying the final grade, we have such a super talented team of people, and I think it shows throughout all our projects"
Samantha's seen post-production from many sides. She’s worked agency side, clientside, on both sides of the camera and behind the microphone for over 10 years, previously being in Creative Roles at Clemenger Wellington and Saatchi and Saatchi Wellington.
“The crux for me is relationships and story. I like to work to a higher standard than our clients demand, and help build a strong team based on trust and a common language. Then we're in the best possible position to bring a story to life, whether it's 15 seconds or one that unfolds over years. It is a true pleasure working with our exceptional artists and clients to get these stories out into the light."
Email Sam to get in touch.