Harbor signs Marcus Alexander and Darren Rae
Harbor’s global expansion continues as top new hires enhance its leadership & talent pool.
Two of the global film industry’s most respected talents Marcus Alexander and Darren Rae, have joined Harbor as VP, Picture Post – West Coast and Senior Colorist, supervising all Dailies in the UK, respectively, announced CEO Zak Tucker.
Marcus Alexander started his film career in London 19 years ago as an assistant editor before joining VFX house Framestore as a VFX Editor. He helped Framestore launch its Digital Intermediate division, producing multiple finishes on a host of tent-pole and independent titles, before joining Deluxe to set up its London DI facility. Alexander then relocated to New York to head up Deluxe NY DI. With the growth in 3D movies, he returned to the UK to supervise stereo post-conversions for multiple studios, before his segue into VFX supervising.
Commenting on his new appointment as VP, Picture Post – West Coast, Marcus Alexander said: “I remember watching 'It came from Outer Space' at a very young age and deciding there and then to work in movies. Having always been fascinated with photography and moving images, I take great pride in thorough involvement in either my capacity from a production or creative standpoint. Joining Harbor allows me to utilize my skills from a post-finishing background along with my production experience in creating both 2D and 3D images to work alongside the best talent in the industry and deliver content we can be extremely proud of. I am incredibly excited to dive in and get involved.”
Darren Rae’s film career commenced in the UK in 1995 as a Sound Sync Operator at Mike Fraser Neg Cutters, where he moved into the Telecine department in 1997 as a trainee. By 1998 he was Dailies Colorist predominately working with 16mm and 35mm film. From 2001 Rae spent 3 years with The Machine Room in London’s Soho London as Telecine Operator and joined Todd AO’s London lab in 2014 as Colorist working on drama and commercials 35mm and 16mm film and 8mm projects for music videos. In 2006 Rae moved into grading dailies at Todd AO parent company Deluxe in Soho London, moving to Co3 London in 2007 as Senior Dailies Colorist. In 2009 he was promoted to Supervising Colorist with a team of 3 and working across multiple major projects.
Prior to joining Harbor, from 2015 Rae was Senior Colorist for Pinewood Digital, supervising multiple shows and overseeing a team of four, eventually becoming Head of Grading. Recent projects highlights have included Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Dumbo, Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Mummy, Rogue One, Doctor Strange and Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
Commenting on his new role as Senior Colorist, with Harbor, Darren Rae said: “My main goal is to make the Director of Photography feel comfortable. I can work on a big feature film from 3 months to a year and the trust the DoP has in you is paramount. They need to know that wherever they are shooting in the world, I’m supporting them. I like to get under the skin of the DoP right from the start to get a feel for their wants and needs and to provide my own input throughout the entire creative process. You need to interpret their instructions and really understand their vision. As a company, Harbor understands and respects the filmmaker’s process and vision, so for me, it’s the ideal new home for me.”