Continuing its long-standing commitment to independent film, Nice Shoes helped to prepare three projects screening at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival: the feature film Allswell, the documentary Billion Dollar Babies, and the advertising series Moving Mountains.
The studio provided final color grading and editorial finishing services for Allswell¸ director Ben Snyder’s new feature making its world premiere as part of the World Narrative Competition, and Billion Dollar Babies, a feature-length documentary from director Andrew Jenks, screening as an Online World Premiere. The studio also handled post-production for Moving Mountains, a series from Nike’s 365 Studio and creative studio Revery, a finalist in Tribeca X the festival’s competition for branded storytelling.
The follow-up to Snyder’s award-winning debut 11:55, Allswell is the story of three middle-aged sisters wrestling with conflicts over family, love, and career. The film stars Elizabeth Rodriguez, Liza Colon-Zayas and Daphne Rubin-Vega. Oren Soffer was the cinematographer and Ray Hubley was the editor.
Nice Shoes senior colorist Nick Lareau applied the final grade. “The film was shot digitally, but Ben and Oren wanted it to feel like film,” Lareau says. “They had very distinct references, all involving a film-print aesthetic. We emulated them while giving the film a look all its own. It has a soft palette, leaning toward warmer tones. We embraced Oren’s great cinematography and the set pieces where the film was shot.”
Lareau adds that he found himself caught up in the story. “The film is well acted, beautifully shot and has great production design,” he says. “It feels like a big New York film. We used color grading to shape each scene and make it fun and unique, while ensuring the core emotional moments shine through.”
NBCUniversal Syndication Studios and Believe Entertainment Group partnered to produce Billion Dollar Babies: The True Story of the Cabbage Patch Kids, that details the dramatic journey of the 1980s line of potato-faced dolls that became the national craze that started it all. Narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, directed by Andrew Jenks, Alex Cullen was the cinematographer, Joe Vele, Brandon Faris and AMPeters were the editors.
Final color grading was performed by Nice Shoes senior colorist Sal Malfitano, working with a mix of interviews and archival media. “This film is full of colorful characters,” he says. “For the interview segments, we went with a look that is crunchy, but not too hot. The subjects were shot in different contexts, in different places in the country and at different points in time. We gave it all a consistent look so that it feels of one piece.”
“It’s a charming documentary and we had a lot of fun capturing the craziness of it,” he adds.
Directed by Mackenzie Sheppard and Shern Sharma, Moving Mountains tells the exhilarating stories of ordinary athletes who go to extraordinary lengths to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their sports. Ivan Kovac was director of photography. Final color grading was performed by Nice Shoes senior colorist María Carretero.
The 2022 Tribeca Film Festival runs through June 19 at venues across New York City.
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