In an industry where the change in technology is only outpaced by the demands from clients, Finalé Post’s President, Don Thompson says he enjoys the challenge of staying at the forefront.
Finalé is a post-production company based in Vancouver that serves the film and television, industry, and was started in 1988 by Thompson. Initially it employed 5 people, but has grown to 20 core staff.
“We started as an offshoot of a local production company, which only had a small capacity for post work in house, so we had to rely on others to finish our shows,” says Thompson. “With the growing needs of the industry, we saw an opportunity to create a company that did post differently, one that embraced the newest technology available, along with fresh talent too.”
Finalé has always embraced new technology since its inception, and Thompson has focused on hiring talented and flexible people to meet the demands of the industry.
“We’ve always looked at our industry as a constantly evolving one, and the technology is a prime motivator of that,” says Thompson. “But so is the production style in Vancouver where you have to be all things to everyone. If you go to L.A. or Toronto, there are companies that just do features or television or commercials. In Vancouver, that’s never been the case. You need a broad stroke of skills and talents that you have to offer to those three sectors in order for your company to survive.”
Thompson enjoys being part of a small crew that gets to work on myriad projects, and that introduces him to people from all parts of production. And everyone at Finalé is very involved in the local community by being involved in many film festivals and other industry initiatives as well as supporting up-and-coming film makers.
“It’s a matter of pride for us,” he says. “It’s a small community, and my background allows me to share a bigger picture of the industry, and I love all the different people I get to work with.”
Thompson is going to continue to increase the capacity of Finalé to keep up with the needs and demands of his clients, and offers some advice to the people looking to break into the industry.
“This is a golden age for television and there has never been a better time to be in the business,” he says. “But in order to stay ahead of the competition, you have to look at what they’re doing, and offer something better or unique to your niche.”