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Color correcting Captain Phillips B lackmagic Design have announced that Company 3 London has used DaVinci Resolve for color grading the film adaptation of Captain Phillips, the latest blockbuster film starring Tom Hanks.  Four years after it made headlines, the harrowing true life story of American shipping captain Richard Phillips, swept up in a hostage ordeal after Somali pirates hijacked his ship, has been made into a new film by director Paul Greengrass, with Barry Akroyd as the cinematographer. Color correction for Captain Phillips was carried out by Company 3s senior colorist Rob Pizzey.  Barry has a naturalistic style of shooting and Captain Phillips was no different, explains Pizzey. Everything is filmed handheld, so you never have any locked off shots during the film. Because of that, Barry is right on top of the action. You almost feel like a part of the film. The challenge during this grade was the films climax, which takes place at night. Most of the climax was actually shot during the day so we had a big job on our hands matching those shots, which were filmed on a variety of formats, with the night footage. A month before the DI, Akroyd and Pizzey had the chance to work on the conformed day for night scenes, allowing them to start setting the look.  We worked through the scenes making sure that we could achieve what we wanted and flagged areas where we could do with some help from VFX. DaVinci Resolves unlimited nodes and auto tracking capabilities were a big help during Captain Philips big day for night scenes, said Pizzey. The camera is always moving because youre at sea, so the tracking tool was perfect because I could hand draw shapes and then grade within that area. Resolves auto tracking would then map to the movement of the camera so we could get on with matching all of the footage. It was also really useful for lining up faces and pulling out eyes. With the auto tracking, you get the shape on there and it maps it all the way through. It really did save me a lot of time. Having got it in a pretty good place, we then rendered out the DPX files with the grade baked on and sent them over to the visual effects house, who were able to help us in areas where Id darkened bits down to help sell the look. When those shots came back into the timeline for the main DI they were 90 per cent final. The main DI was attended by Barry for the first seven days, during which time the pair set the look and mood and graded the climax of the film in full.  www.blackmagicdesign.com StreamScope Portal now shipping T New series of super-slim, high brightness displays S harp is upgrading its professional display offering with the launch of three new professional displays; the PN-U553 (55), PN-U473 (47) and PN-U423 (42). The easy-to-install displays offer businesses the latest Sharp screen innovations including high brightness, slim design and low power consumption; all to help them make maximum visual impact on their customers and increase footfall in an increasingly competitive marketplace. The screens will be used in a wide range of environments, from shops and offices to public spaces such as transportation hubs. www.sharp.eu 28 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 83 NOVEMBER 2013 riveni Digital’s StreamScope® Portal ultra- portable MPEG analysis and troubleshooting tool is now available and shipping worldwide. Utilizing the tablet-based device, cable operators and broadcasters can cost-effectively perform real- time or file-based MPEG-2/MPEG- 4 analysis and remote monitoring of DTV transport streams to ensure compliance with industry standards and deliver high-quality video services to viewers.  www.TriveniDigital.com