Adrian began working in post production at Pacific Ocean Post in 1997 after being Honorably Discharged as a Flight Engineer in the US Army. Here he became adept with Scanning Film Negative and using laser film recorders to output completed VFX shots. During this time, he worked on: TITANIC, ARMAGEDDON, THE X-FILES MOVIE, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, THE MASK OF ZORRO,STAR TREK INSURRECTION, MYSTERY MEN, and many others.
In 2000 Colbert moved to Cinesite Hollywood to become an instrumental figure in the transition of the post production world into digital color correction. Adrian was able to rapidly grow and hone new skills with digital technology on such large scale productions as: MOULIN ROUGE, PEARL HARBOR, ICE AGE, JIMMY NEUTRON, OCEAN'S 11, and SHREK, to name a few. These experiences led him to supportive work on 'O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? which heralded the dawn of the digital era.
In 2002 the company Efilm was born with the goal of being the first Digital Film Lab in the industry. Efilm enlisted Colbert as a colorist assistant in one of the two functioning Digital Color Suites in Los Angeles. Here, Adrian worked with: Barry Levinson, the Cohen Brothers, Robert Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Ron Howard, Peter Weir, Tim Burton, Guillermo del Toro, Stephen Soderbergh, and Roland Emerich. He also collaborated with Directors of Photography including: Guillermo Navarro, Emanuel Ubezki “Chivo”, Ueli Steiger, Allen Daviau, Stephen Goldblatt, Mathew Leonetti, Ellen Kuras, Caleb Deschanel, and Russel Boyd.
Colbert’s drive to be constantly improving his skills led him to Modern VideoFilm, the most cutting edge digital lab at that time. Here he worked on: WALK THE LINE, HITCH, TALK TO ME, 3:10 TO YUMA, and AVATAR, and BLADE RUNNER: SPECIAL EDITION. Colbert continued working with top Director’s such as: Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and Michael Mann.
Adrian was then recruited by Digital Revolution Studios, a production company specializing in stereographic 3D films and television shows. Here Colbert and Craig Tanner color corrected the first multi part sports reality series filmed entirely in 3D, BULLPROOF. Several other 3D projects were completed for 3net, a 3D network on Direct TV.
Colbert was then contacted by FuseFX as a Visual Effects Editor. Adrian quickly demonstrated his mastery not only of the digital editing technology but also his knowledge of the production process in its entirety to improve Fuse’s pipeline for episodic television. As the Facility Colorist he worked on several series including: AMERICAN HORROR STORY, HELL ON WHEELS, LAST RESORT, GLEE, MIKE & MOLLY, and MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. before working on Michael’s Bay’s TRANSFORMERS 4.
After studying film at The San Francisco Art Institute, Matthew Leutwyler wrote and directed the cult-comedy/horror/musical DEAD & BREAKFAST (SXSW 2004), starring Jeremy Sisto, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and David Carradine. The film won over a dozen audience and best film awards around the world and was nominated for a prestigious Saturn Award. Since then he has produced or exec produced THE OH IN OHIO starring Parker Posey & Paul Rudd; LOWER LEARNING with Eva Longoria, Jason Biggs, & Rob Corddry; AGAINST THE CURRENT with Joseph Fiennes and Justin Kirk (Sundance 2009); the Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan drama WONDERFUL WORLD (Tribeca 2010); and EVERY DAY, starring Helen Hunt, and Liev Schreiber (Tribeca 2011).
In the past few years, Leutwyler directed the adaptation of the acclaimed novel THE RIVER WHY (Mill Valley 2010) starring William Hurt, Zach Gilford, and Amber Heard. He also exec produced James Gunn’s SUPER (Toronto 2012) starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page; and the comedy-drama THE GIRL MOST LIKELY, starring Kristen Wiig and Annette Benning (Toronto 2011). Additionally, he wrote & directed the ensemble drama ANSWERS TO NOTHING starring Dane Cook, Barbara Hershey, and Julie Benz released by Roadside Attractions in 2012.
Leutwyler co-founded the theatrical distributor The Film Arcade in 2012. For two years, he worked on the marketing of a dozen films including Sundance winner and Indie Spirit Award nominee AFTERNOON DELIGHT starring Kathryn Hahn and Jane Lynch, as well as other Sundance entries THE OTHER DREAM TEAM, and A.C.O.D. with Amy Poehler, and Adam Scott. Matthew departed the company in 2014 to concentrate his efforts back on production.
In 2014 Leutwyler produced the food documentary SPINNING PLATES. The film won nine “best film” awards at festivals including Santa Barbara, Vail, and Austin. After a successful theatrical run and critical praise, the film stayed in the top 10 of iTunes docs for four months.
November 2015 saw the release of Leutwyler’s most recent directorial effort, the sci-fi drama UNCANNY, with Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths, and Rainn Wilson. The award winning film has been critically praised with Sight & Sound Magazine calling the film “confident, meticulously crafted, written with sharp brilliance and performed with perfect nuance.” And Ain’t-It-Cool-News described it as “the kind of movie you want to talk about afterward. A rare breed of thoughtful, independent science fiction.”
Currently, he is developing DARK WATERS, a thriller set against the world of Nigerian oil piracy, and a “modern Western” about Don Alejo Tamez, a 77 year old rancher, whose stand off with a Mexican cartel led to 3 hour gun battle over his property. He is also producing, alongside Morgan Spurlock’s company, Warrior Poets, the coming-of-age film GOOD AFTER BAD starring Billy Burke, Maddie Hasson, and Melora Walters. The film is currently in post production.
Matthew has also directed spots for Chevy Volt and Coke Zero and a music video for Egyptian (Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds’s side project).
Outside of his career as a filmmaker Leutwyler has worked as a mentor with the Los Angeles based non-profit The Young Storytellers Foundation. He is also the founder of We Are Limitless, which is moving children out of orphanages in Rwanda and the Congo and into boarding schools. Leutwyler travels to check on the student’s progress 2 to 3 times a year, supplying them with healthcare and other basic needs while promoting critical thinking and independence.
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