Matt McClain, founder/colorist of Thrive Color, announces the company’s completion of work on three new feature films: “A Day to Die,” an action film written, directed and produced by Wes Miller, starring Kevin Dillion, Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo; “The Unknown Country”, directed by Morrisa Maltz, starring Lily Gladstone, as a young woman on a road trip searching for her place in the world; and “Boon,” an adventure film directed by Derek Presley, starring Neal McDonough as mercenary Nick Boon.
“We opened Thrive Color eight months ago with the goal of doing exceptional work for the best people in the company. So far, so good ! says Matt McClain. “Each of these three independent films gave us the opportunity to collaborate with brilliant filmmakers. It has been so rewarding to help bring their stories to life. It has also been a really exciting way to launch our new business.
“Boon” director Derek Presley said, “Matt was a killer; He did an excellent job. He downright made our movie better than it was when we brought it to him – and that’s exactly what you’d expect from a colorist. We will work with him again without hesitation. Jason Starne, Producer/Editor of ‘Boon’ added, “This guy goes above and beyond. He wasn’t just a brilliant colorist, he also provided all the deliverables for the film.
Thrive Color is owned by husband and wife team Kristen and Matt McClain. Kristen is owner and COO, and Matt is the company’s founder and chief colorist. Utilizing the latest technologies and workflow systems – including the ability to upload finished products – Thrive Color offers LA or NYC level capabilities at a Dallas location.
Agile and always open to new ideas, Matt has a reputation as a great creative partner. “I’ve spent over 20 years working with some of the biggest companies in LA and Dallas, and I’m lucky to have learned from the best. The role of a colorist is a uniquely collaborative role. Our new offices give us the ability to do this remotely, but I still like being in the same room as the people I work with,” says Matt. “Sometimes the best input comes from a quick glance or a change of expression. It’s subtle, but meaningful, just like the work we do.
Thrive Color is at home on screens of all sizes. Since opening last July, the company has also done brilliant color work for commercial clients such as Toyota, the Salvation Army and Home Depot.
The McClains live in Dallas with two daughters, two rescue dogs, a rabbit named Moose and eight chickens (Kung Pao, General Tso, BBQ…). When you’re not polishing video footage in dark rooms, you’ll likely find the McClains out in the sun.
A day to die…
Source: Prosperous Colors and YouTube
Credits: Director: Morrisa Maltz
Executive producers: Miranda Bailey, Rachel Crouch, Veronica Nickel, Natalie Whalen, Gill Holland, Matthew Mills, Steve Malouf
Producer: Laura Heberton, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, Katherine Harper, Vanara Taing, Tommy Heitkamp
Screenwriter: Written by Morrisa Maltz, story by Lily Gladstone, Morrisa Maltz, Vanara Taing, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux
Director of photography: Andrew Hajek
Editor: Vanara Taing
Sound Designer: Liz Marston/Skywalker Sound
Music: Alexis & Sam (Alexis Marsh/Samuel Jones), Neil Halstead (Slowdive)
Main Cast: Lily Gladstone, Raymond Lee, Richard Ray Whitman, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, Devin Shangreaux, Jasmine “Jazzy” Bearkiller Shangreaux, Pam Richter, Dale Leander Toller, Florence R. Perrin, Scott Stampe
Additional credits: Drone Cinematography: Will Graham, Production Coordinator: Will Malouf, Production Coordinator: Tracy Mailloux, Production Sound Mixing: Codi Putman, First Assistant Camera: Andrew Newton, Production Sound Recording: Randal Iverson, Color and line editor: Matt McClain
Source: Prosperous Colors and YouTube
Credits: Produced by Stephen Endelman, Neal McDonough, Ruve McDonough, Jason Starne
Music by Stephen Endelman
Photography by Garrett Schwindt
Film editing by Jason Starne
Cast by Nike Imoru, Thomas Sullivan
Production design by Vincent DeFelice
Scenery decor by Dan Beyer
Costume design by Dakota Keller
Color and online editor: Matt McClain
Audio message: Jake Kluge, charlieuniformtango
About Thrive Color
Led by Owner/COO Kristen McClain and Founder/Colorist Matt McClain, Thrive Color was founded in July 2021. The company’s offices are located in the Dallas Arts District in downtown Dallas, Texas. Services offered include full-service color work, film compliance and deliverables.