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J. Lawrence Busby
Chief Executive Officer, OWNER
Jaime Busby is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gotham Photochemical Laboratory.
His life changed forever after watching François Truffaut's "The 400 blows". The film revealed to him a question, "How can we actively preserve historical cinematic expressions of humanity?". He took it upon himself to answer this question and founded Gotham Photochemical in late 2015 at 22 years of age. He spent thirty months in a global search, tracking down every last piece of equipment needed to process, print, scan, record, and archive every format of motion picture film.
As a child actor and model during his pre-teens, he began a life-long love affair with film and a desire to become a Cinematographer at an early age. To achieve his dream, he moved to Los Angeles at the young age of 14 to attend four year film school. During the next four years, he focused his academic studies and hands on experience with an emphasis on Cinematography, film production, and Photochemical processing with 16mm, 35mm, and 65mm film. By the time he was 18, he had purchased his own ARRICAM Studio & Lite 35mm production cameras and had shot an impressive amount of film footage on all types of productions, including live and studio television. To further his education, he pursued a Cinematography degree at Brooks Institute of Photography.
After graduating from Brooks, Mr. Busby worked extensively as a Cinematographer and at several motion picture laboratories to obtain more hands-on experience with film laboratory processing. During this period he acquired expertise in the art of printing, scanning, restoration, and the preservation of motion picture film from the best film processing technologists in the industry.
When Digital started to become more prevalent in the industry and several Photochemical labs closed which resulted in a decrease in global competition within the film processing arena, Jaime saw this as an opportunity to create a hybrid film post production company focused on the preservation of film archives.
He began to collaborate with top film preservationists and technologists in designing a new Hybrid Photochemical and Digital laboratory in LA to support film services into the future.
In addition, he has organized an experienced team of film experts who share his passion and desire for preserving archival film to partner with him in this business endeavor.
Mr. Busby is a textbook INTJ with the vision, grit and pure tenacity to lead. He has experience in industry negotiations and a learned, worldly perspective crucial to leading a creative Business endeavor.
When asked "Why are you the person for this job?” he answers, "Nobody else will do it. I want to lead my generation in film preservation. The preservation of cinema sadly isn't intrinsic to today's youth as it is in other mediums. Nobody asks if it is important to preserve a Monet. Preserving the cinematic expression of humanity is non negotiable. I am proud to say that many of the top Motion Picture Film Engineers in the world stand behind my vision.”
SVP, Business Development
Marie is a seasoned business development, marketing, and sales professional with over 20 years in the film and video market sector.
She is highly accomplished in the international business of film production. Most recently she was Director of Business Development, North America, for Cinevation/Piql. She is an active member of AMIA.
Robert A. Olson
sVP, Tech ops/quality control
One of the best film lab scientists in the world, Bob is a veteran Motion Picture Scientist who led Technicolor's Quality Control department for over a decade.
He brings world class administrative skills and in-depth knowledge of film workflows, giving GPC the edge in custom solutions for the most demanding projects. Bob also served as chairman of the ACVL (Association of Cinema and Video Laboratories) until it's dissolution.
Mark Wilenkin (Cloudburst Films)
Resident Senior Colorist and D.I. Supervisor
Mark’s signature touch has always been the use of custom Photochemical and Digital workflows. He is currently developing GPC’s proprietary Digital Color Science- based on the unique qualities that only Film can provide.
Danny Nguyen is a young and creative upcoming specialist in cinematography. His past with film making began early with five years of shooting and developing 35mm and progressing on to full scale film laboratory processing, and 4K scanning of 35mm/16mm film.
With a few years in camera work, Mr. Nguyen is competent in the knowledge of various 35mm cinema cameras. His involvement in film projects has shed a light on the surface of his own creative vision that will only continue to emerge as he continues to learn through experience. His growing knowledge, determination, and persistence to pursue his passion will only solidify the fact that Mr. Nguyen’s talent will continue to mature and flourish.
Thomas a. trEise
Honorary Advisor, Master photochemical engineer
A true Unsung Hollywood Legend, Tom invented the Modern Motion Picture Laboratory as we know it. His continuous mechanical film processing machines stand out as the pinnacle of Photochemical Laboratory technology.
Tom joined the US Navy illegally at 15 years old and learned to be a master electrician. Upon exiting the service he joined his father's business of engineering Motion Picture Film Processors, before eventually buying it out to create ‘Triese Engineering’. Established in 1954 in California, Treise Engineering film processing machines are used by motion picture film laboratories, film archives/restoration operations, and feature film and TV post production facilities around the globe.
In 1964 he was called upon by the equally legendary Gerald Brodersen, founder of Foto-Kem Industries, to help design, engineer, and install his motion Picture Laboratory. Having created Burbank’s Foto-Kem is only a footnote in Tom Triese’s career.
He has spearheaded the design, engineering, and installation of over 52 Photochemical Motion Picture Laboratories around the world including Cinetech, Ascent Media, Foto-Kem, Deluxe in LA-NYC-Vancouver, Technicolor in Hollywood- Montreal - Vancouver & Toronto, The Library of Congress, NT Audio/Video, YCM Laboratory, Cinelab, Elgin Air Force Base, Filmworkers/Astrolab, and innumerable others globally.