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FilmLight teams up with ARRI in Paris creative community Posted: 24/01/2020
FilmLight teams up with ARRI in Paris creative community

Following the appointment of Matthieu Straub as the company’s technical and operational consultant to France and the Benelux countries in the summer of 2019, FilmLight is delighted to announce that it has now established a permanent presence in Paris. By sharing premises with ARRI France, FilmLight is developing a strong hub for creative and technical knowledge and events.

The hub will host the first of FilmLight’s Colour Day workshops in 2020, on 28 January. One of the advantages of sharing the centre with ARRI is that it underlines the seamless workflows from camera to finish, using the BLG format for render-free viewing and creativity. The BLG grading metadata is stored in the ARRIRAW and QuickTime headers, ensuring the content and its look are permanently linked.

The Paris Colour Day on 28 January, aimed at creatives and technicians in production and post production, will see FilmLight’s workflow specialists, Straub and Thomas Eberschveiler unveil new FilmLight tools. Attendees will also hear from guest colourist Stéphane Azouze about his collaboration with directors Anastasia Mikova and Yann Arthus-Bertrand on the recent award-winning documentary ‘Woman’. Finally, colour scientist Florine Bel will share her image expertise and discuss her work developing film aesthetics, colour spaces and conversions.

The shared space has already hosted successful events, including a workshop day for DITs. Led by Straub, with guest speakers from Netflix and from post house Mikros, the group discussed the latest developments in colour space management and workflows. ARRI’s presence allowed the discussion to include ARRI Looks and how they can be incorporated into FilmLight BLG post production. In the demonstration area, they featured an ARRI ALEXA camera feeding Prelight and Daylight software, allowing the delegates to experiment with look development and make comparisons between standard and high dynamic range colour spaces.

Explaining the importance of bringing together creative artists and technicians, FilmLight’s Matthieu Straub said “My background is as a digital image technician, and I know how directors and cinematographers are increasingly relying on DITs to find technical solutions to their demanding creative requirements. “Our intention is to use our demonstration and meeting space here on the Rue René Boulanger to be a place where we can encourage the sharing of knowledge and experiences, to help the French cinema industry achieve ever greater things.”

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Baselight helps to polish Uncut Gems Posted: 14/01/2020
Baselight helps to polish Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems is the latest movie from directing duo, the Safdie Brothers. The movie tells the story of a charismatic New York City jeweller and gambler (Adam Sandler), and is set in the diamond industry of New York. So it is appropriate that the colour palette was created at The Mill NY by colourist and director of DI, Damien Van Der Cruyssen.

Van Der Cruyssen collaborated closely with cinematographer Darius Khondji, as well as the Safdie Brothers, all of whom he had worked with previously on the Jay-Z video for Mercy Me. “At that point I got a good understanding of their relationships and how I could fit into the equation.”

Visually, Uncut Gems has a classic New York City look, but with a modern twist. “The Diamond District hasn’t changed much over the last forty years, so it automatically had that 70’s ‘noir’ feel,” commented Van Der Cruyssen. “But we wanted to break away from the steely, gritty New York to a more real-life aesthetic – less forced and contrived.”

Around half of the movie was shot on 35mm film to give it a more natural look, which meant Van Der Cruyssen had to treat the digital footage to match. “Marrying the film footage with the digital scenes was quite challenging,” he explained. “So I asked the crew to shoot some grain elements that could be overlaid in Baselight and adjusted per scene.”

 

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Artjail raises the bar with Baselight colour grading Posted: 03/10/2019
Artjail raises the bar with Baselight colour grading
Independent VFX boutique Artjail has added a Baselight grading suite in each of its locations: one in its New York studio, and one in Toronto their newest studio that opened in January. Bringing grading and VFX together will strengthen the studio’s workflow for complex VFX projects. It will also further their reputation for short form advertising projects and long form work.
Tags: FilmLight | Clinton Homuth | colourist | Artjail | VFX boutique | Baselight | grading suite | Steve Mottershead | New York | Toronto | BLG | Flame | NUKE | Avid | VFX | feature set | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Creating movie star looks for HBO Big Little Lies Posted: 12/08/2019
Creating movie star looks for HBO and rsquo;s Big Little Lies
The second season of HBO’s runaway hit drama Big Little Lies was completed at Technicolor in Los Angeles. Finishing artist and Vice President of business development Pankaj Bajpai, famed for grading the HBO series Sex in the City, True Detective and Nat Geo’s Genius seasons for both Einstein and Picasso, used Baselight to enhance the distinctly Californian look of the show.
Tags: FilmLight | Big Little Lies | HBO | Technicolor | Pankaj Bajpai | Baselight | Base Grade | Film Grade | Flare control | BLG for Flame | Baselight for NUKE | VFX | color grading | colour grading | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Youngster builds powerful workflows with BLG Posted: 18/07/2019
Youngster builds powerful workflows with BLG
One of London’s newest high-end finishing houses, Youngster, is delivering uncompromised quality thanks to FilmLight’s unique BLG workflow. Youngster is using the innovative setup to provide seamless, renderless content exchange between Flame VFX, Avid editing and the Baselight grading and finishing suite. The BLG workflow is already being used on commercials including those for Treatwell and Mulberry as well as music videos for the likes of Joji, whose Sanctuary promo received over 14 million hits on YouTube in its first few days.
Tags: FilmLight | Youngster | BLG workflow | Flame VFX | Avid | Baselight | colour grading | Treatwell | Mulberry | Joji | Sanctuary | Whitehouse Post | The Quarry | finishing services | Jim Bracher | The Mill | Wolfgang Lempp | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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BBC Street unlocks creative and technical opportunities with new Baselight TWO Posted: 09/07/2019
BBC Street unlocks creative and technical opportunities with new Baselight TWO
BBC Street, the in-house post-production facility at BBC Scotland in Glasgow, has installed a new Baselight system to upgrade their grading and finishing suite with Baselight’s latest powerful 4K/HDR toolset and to improve their client experience.
Tags: FilmLight | Baselight TWO | BBC Street | BBC Scotland | grading suite | colourist | Tom Nichol | 4K/HDR grading | Mike Trevett | BLG format | Baselight for Avid | Baselight Lens | Colour Space Journey | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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FilmLight boosts performance and collaboration for editing, VFX and compositing with Baselight Editions Posted: 30/08/2018
FilmLight boosts performance and collaboration for editing, VFX and compositing with Baselight Editions

At IBC, FilmLight will be showing the new features of Baselight v5 for Avid and NUKE, along with BLG for Flame, the latest product in the Baselight Editions range. The popular plugins bring sophisticated colour control and creativity to Avid editors, NUKE compositors and Flame artists.

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FilmLight introduces BLG for Flame at NAB2018 Posted: 20/06/2018
FilmLight introduces BLG for Flame at NAB2018

At NAB2018, FilmLight is launching BLG for Flame as the latest product in the popular Baselight Editions range. BLG for Flame is a Linux-only plugin for Autodesk Flame that applies a Baselight grade automatically, either from Baselight Linked Grade (BLG) files or directly from a Baselight scene.

Tags: FilmLight | NAB2018 | BLG for Flame | Baselight | Prelight | Daylight | Will Harris | Autodesk | Flame | colour correction | colorist | colour grading | Mike Nuget | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Transcontinental colour collaboration on VFX-heavy spot for Nissan Posted: 12/06/2017
Transcontinental colour collaboration on VFX-heavy spot for Nissan

When you book a commercial into the Super Bowl coverage, you know that the creative and technical quality is going to be under real scrutiny. So for Nissans Return of the Snowman spot, VFX specialists The Embassy in Vancouver banded together with post house Alter Ego 3400km away in Toronto by harnessing FilmLights BLG (Baselight Linked Grade) workflow. 

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Animal Logic chooses FilmLight Baselight as end-to-end finishing solution Posted: 26/09/2016
Animal Logic chooses FilmLight Baselight as end-to-end finishing solution

Award-winning digital animation and visual effects studio, Animal Logic, has installed two Baselight grading systems in its Sydney head office. The company whose credits range from The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge to Captain America: Civil War and the series of LEGO® movies also has operations in Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Tags: FilmLight | Baselight | BLG workflow | Animal Logic | Bram Tulloch | Alex Timbs | LEGO | colour grading | DI
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