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GRADING THE DANISH GIRL PAINTING INSPIRED GRADES. Adam Glasman Colorist at Goldcrest Post London Colorist Adam Glasman reveals how he was inspired by the classics to grade Oscar nominated transgender pioneer biopic, “The Danish Girl”. Based on the book by David Ebershoff, “The Danish Girl”, which has received four Oscar nominations this year, is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) and Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”), and directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”, “Les Misérables”). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. “I’m pretty happy with the work on ‘The Danish Girl’ when it came to grading. It looked gorgeous from the start; the production design was amazing and it was wonderfully shot by cinematographer Danny Cohen. I’ve worked together with him a lot and it’s always a pleasure,” begins colorist at Goldcrest Post London, Adam Glasman. For three weeks, he worked with Hooper and Cohen to create painting inspired grades in DaVinci Resolve Studio that would determine “The Danish Girl’s” final look. Painterly Inspiration To develop the grade, the team took inspiration from one of the main themes within the film itself: Danish art. “We wanted to back away from the slightly digital feel of the raw material, instead opting for a much softer, more painterly aesthetic,” Glasman explains, revealing that Hooper took a very hands on approach to the grading process. “Ultimately, the main reference for our grade as well as the production design was actually Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi, who was active as an artist during the same period as Gerda Wegener and Lili Elbe. We literally held up a book of his work in daylight balanced light conditions, then I was told to almost identically match what we saw in the book to the look of the film.” 66 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 112 APRIL 2016