Andrew Ross has a colourful role at Pixel Underground in the most literal sense. As a colorist, Andrew lives ‘in the chair’ balancing client visions with project needs to deliver a final product he’s proud to put his name on.
Initially, Andrew thought his career path would be in compositing. He studied Media Theory & Production at Western University and then completed his post-grad in Special Effects & Compositing at Fanshawe College, but it was an internship that sparked his interest in becoming a colorist. “Compositing takes weeks to complete,” Andrew says. “I was working in a shared office with colorists, watching how fun their day-to-day work looked and knew I wanted to be doing that.” When an opportunity for an Assistant Colorist came up Andrew applied for the role and began honing his skills.
Prior to joining Pixel, Andrew worked as a colorist at the post-house Smith, a notable company in the industry. When Smith closed operations, Pixel knew that great talent would be looking for new roles. “We’d been in the market for a colorist for some time and really wanted the candidate to complement our roster,” says Marcus Valentin, Pixel Founder. Andrew heard about the opening at Pixel through a former colleague and called Marc Bachli to set up a meeting.
A new member of the team, Andrew has had a seamless transition since joining Pixel four months ago. His easy-going personality and great eye make him a strong client-facing artist, enhancing sessions with his experience and interpersonal skills.
Prior to the holiday season, Andrew just wrapped six Christmas commercial spots for Winners and T.J. Maxx. This January, he has been working on two new series, Mom vs. Matchmaker and See No Evil.
Andrew works under the mentorship of senior colourist Marc Bachli to grow his experience in long format workflow. He balances different workloads from commercials and infomercials to short film, but his favourite projects are music videos; “I’ve made contacts in the music industry working with Canadian bands like The Arkells and Son Real. I hope to integrate commercial and music video work into Pixel for more diversity and to expand the company client base.”
Andrew came to Pixel with great experience and a wide range of skills. He’s posed to be your go-to-guy for colouring needs as he grows and reaches his full potential in this role.
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