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The Essential List

The Essential List: Eric Whipp

Partner at Alter Ego and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ colourist never leaves the house without his camera

The Essential List: Eric Whipp

As a colourist and photographer it’s little surprise to see something of a visual theme running through Eric Whipp’s Essential List. He’s a partner and senior colourist at Toronto-based Alter Ego - which he co-founded in 2007 - and is behind the grade on films such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two. (Find out more about the company here in our profile piece).

But what gets him out of bed in the morning and raring to go of a night time? Find out below.



Travel

o Place of birth: Auckland, New Zealand bro

o Hometown: I guess it’s Toronto now

o Staycation: Coffee at Te Aro in the morning, then relax at home


o Vacation: Iceland. Amazing landscapes

o Place of work: Alter Ego

o Place of workout: Iron Strength Conditioning. I hate it but I go

o Mode of transport: Mostly car

o Miscellaneous Travel Essential: Camera and lenses. Never leave without my camera


Culture

o Artist: Ansel Adams

o Musician: Neil Finn

o Commercials / music video director: Michel Gondry

o Film director: George Miller

o Photographer: Nick Brandt

o Film: So many to choose from. Amelie – loved the style when it came out

o Series: Better Call Saul

o Commercial: ‘Big Ad’ for Carlton Draught


o Music Video: Ok Go, ‘The One Moment’. Very clever

o Video Game: Red Dead Redemption

o Board Game: Sequence

o Graphic Novel: Watchmen

o Podcast: The Nerdist

o Newspaper (off or online): NY Times

o Magazine: American Cinematographer


Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Avocado on sourdough with poached egg. ‘The Book Kitchen’ in Sydney does it so well

o Restaurant: Terroni, Italian in Toronto

o Cheap bite: Nandos

o Working lunch: IQ food

o Dish: Chicken salad

o Snack: Hummus and rice crackers

o Guilty Pleasure: Banana cupcake with cream cheese frosting

o Bar: Anywhere with good wine

o Tipple: What is a tipple? Sounds kind of naughty

o Soft Tipple: A soft tipple at that!

o Miscellaneous food: Miss Vickie’s salt and vinegar chips

o Miscellaneous Beverage: Mojito


Kit

o Phone: iPhone X – Don’t get one though, the face recognition is not great

o Computer: Macbook Pro 15”

o TV: LG OLED 55”

o Headphones: Bose

o Camera: Sony a7sii

o Soundsystem: Sonos

o Pen / pencil: Both, depends on the duty

o Where you document an idea: Notes, on my iPhone

o Casual wear: Jeans, t-shirt

o Smart wear: Add a jacket

o Footwear: Nike

o Watch: Tag Heuer

o App: Artemis – simulates motion picture cameras and lenses, so you can work out what lens you want

o Website: alteregopost.com of course

o Blog: Do people still do blogs?

o Work program: Baselight

o Digital work tool: Our calendar system

o Analogue work tool: The clock

o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Kiehl’s face cream

o Miscellaneous Kit Essential: Portable Wacom tablet