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A Conversation with Colorist Isaac Molina

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 11:09 -- Nick Dager

Isaac Molina is a senior colorist based in Mexico City, where for the last nine years he has worked at leading post house Oxido. Molina has a rich tapestry of grading experience that includes TV commercials and, as the colorist and DI supervisor, with the grade of more than 30 feature films. More recently, he has worked as a colorist in the first Latin American high dynamic range TV series for Netflix. Digital Cinema Report recently spoke with Molina about his career, the art and craft of color grading and his work on The House of Flowers.

The Unnerving Suspense of Sound

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 14:53 -- Nick Dager

Jonathan Wales, mixing at Formosa NoHo, recently completed the audio mix for the Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House. The Haunting of Hill House was mixed in Dolby Atmos. For the show, Wales needed to convey the feeling of spaciousness in the house and create unnerving suspense throughout the mix as a family relives their scary past.

Ideal Home Screened Using Nagra’s myCinema, a First

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:49 -- Nick Dager

Last summer, Emagine Entertainment showed the first-run movie Ideal Home starring Paul Rudd at its Royal Oak Cinema in Detroit using Nagra’s myCinema technology. “This is the first-time audiences have enjoyed a feature length film leveraging advanced digital compression technology via Nagra-secured myCinema theater premise equipment,” said Jean-Luc Jezouin, Nagra’s senior vice president business development. “The plug-and-play experience of the myCinema solution offers a significant leap in digital cinema distribution technology, alleviating enormous costs experienced with traditional digital cinema prints.”

Row8 Debuts Global Cinema OTT Service

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 13:11 -- Nick Dager

In response to what it says is the shifting intersection of theatrical film distribution and moviegoers’ accelerating trend towards in-home entertainment, new over-the-top company Row8 is launching what it claims will be the most cinematic and highest security digital streaming service – initially focused on exclusive premieres of foreign theatrical titles in the U.S. market. Row8’s goal is to elevate the experience of viewing theatrical features at home, presenting quality filmmaking fresh from theaters to targeted and passionate audiences

Pretty in Pink Meets Superbad

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:38 -- Nick Dager

“I think if you’re making a high school movie, you can’t not watch John Hughes movies for reference,” said cinematographer Hillary Spera (Duck Butter, Submission). “Even if it’s subliminal, they’re woven into the language.” Filmmaker John Hughes had a string of hit films in the 1980s that were a true depiction of high school life in middle class suburbia. Movies like 16 Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink portrayed teen characters with depth and intelligence but were also comedic.

Blending Two Visual Looks into One

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 14:07 -- Nick Dager

VFX Legion recently created the visual effects for the highly anticipated crossover episodes of Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. Legion has handled all of the visual effects for both shows for almost three-years. However, the crossover episodes required visual effects that blended with two series that use different tools and each have their own look, presenting a more complex set of challenges.

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Following The Deuce HDR Workflow

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 13:46 -- Nick Dager

The Deuce, the new drama from HBO and executive producers David Simon and George Pelecanos, is set in 1970s New York City where prostitution and crime were rampant, and the modern adult entertainment industry was just coming into its own. Bold, brash and visually intoxicating, the series finished natively in high dynamic range at Technicolor PostWorks New York. To grade the project, colorist Sam Daley collaborated with director of photography Vanja Černjul.

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