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STAGE 01 UNGRADED STAGE 02 Using tools such as Power Windows, Fernandes worked in Resolve to highlight and darken specific areas of the shots, all while making sure to maintain the subtlety needed in the grade. “Anyone with any experience in grading will know how tricky any continuous shots that jump from room to can be compared with a simple, stable shot,” says Fernandes. “That’s where Resolve really stands out. It made my life very easy, particularly with elements such as keyframes and the ability to make shapes work.” “It’s not a color you see in a lot of films, but especially not a film which is based solely in one apartment, like “Under the Shadow”,” tells Fraser. “It’s really the opposite of welcoming and worked perfectly when combined with the detail that went into the camera work and lighting for maintaining tension.” As the decision was made to start with a natural aesthetic on “Under the Shadow” which would then evolve into a more stylized grade as the film unfolds, another major challenge for Fernandes became enhancing the preexisting lighting and shadows shot on set. This would ensure the audience’s eyes were always drawn towards a specific element in each frame. “That was one of the main aspects of the grading work,” explains Fraser. “We had a vast amount of long shots, some of which lasted for more than two minutes, and on top of that we’re constantly traveling to lots of different rooms in the apartment. There was only so much the production team could do with the lighting of some sequences, particularly on our budget. That’s where DaVinci Resolve stepped in, especially in scenes where audiences would have a 360 degree view of a room.” “That was a huge bonus on a small budget, independent feature,” agrees Fraser. “It was the difference between me and Anvari needing to put up large flags or other physical elements to try to slowly shape the shadows in principle photography, and simply creating those shadows and gradients later in the grade. Using Resolve was a massive time saver.” ALEXA UT STAGE 03 STAGE 04 STAGE 05 LEVELS COLOUR SHAPE CENTRE The Path to Hollywood “Under the Shadow” has received wide critical recognition with the Sundance Midnight screening selection. “This is one of the best projects I’ve ever worked on,” affirms Fernandes. “Babak and Kit are both so talented and we already had such a great relationship with them at Creativity Media through Patrick. It made working together really fun and easy.” “It was fantastic to work with everyone again to make such a tense piece of filmmaking,” concludes Fraser. “‘Under the Shadow” is truly beyond a generic thriller piece. There are a lot of deeper political themes coming across, as well as an exploration into the relationship between the characters of a mother and a daughter. I hope audiences really get to appreciate the craft, especially from Babak, that went into it.” STAGE 06 SHAPE EDGES STAGE 07 DORSA LIFT STAGE 08 FINAL KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 119 NOVEMBER 2016 | 67