Both on and off camera, there are some collaborations that are built to last. Armed with the success of their work on the first film adaptation of the Kingsman comic book (Kingsman: The Secret Service), director Matthew Vaughan reunited with cinematographer George Richmond, DIT Joshua Callis-Smith and colorist Rob Pizzey, to deliver Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the upcoming second installment in the spy comedy series.
The sequel sees Kingsmans elite secret agents join forces with their US counterparts, Statesman, in battling a mutual, ruthless enemy and saving the world from being held hostage.
The reassembling of the original production and post production team ensured a continued strong work ethos, and provided the opportunity to expand on an already proven pipeline built around DaVinci Resolve Studio. It also allowed the team to achieve their objective of creating a unique final grade whilst still retaining the slick visual style of the first film.
Supervising the editorial workflow was DIT, Joshua Callis-Smith, who worked with George Richmond throughout the shoot. From the start, we decided to use the same extensive bank of look up tables (LUTs) Rob [Pizzey] had originally developed for Kingsman: The Secret Service to maintain as much continuity between the films as possible, Callis-Smith begins. We had everything from day interior and exterior LUTs to looks for mixes of light such as Tungsten, which really sped up my workflow when it came to the DIT.
On set, Callis-Smith viewed the live images on 25 inch OLED monitors which were calibrated to match the DI suite at Goldcrest, ensuring the same tools in DaVinci Resolve would flow all the way through to the latter stages of post production. A Smart Videohub was then used to route pictures to the video operator, who would in turn distribute those images to everyone else.
If needed, we could even use Resolve to add vignettes as a secondary grade and track them dependent on what we wanted to use to correct the image he continues. Giving the dailies a look and visual style before it went any further down the chain protected the image so that everyone throughout the entire 12 months of post was constantly looking at and working off the same thing.
Once principle photography was completed, the looks from set were then broken down and reconstructed from scratch by Goldcrest Posts Rob Pizzey, who created the final grade and delivered multiple HDR versions, including Dolby Vision for theatrical and HDR10 for domestic viewing.