Codex workflow popularity reflected in 2015 Awards season nominations

Date: 04/02/2015
Codex workflow popularity reflected in 2015 Awards season nominations

Codex (www.codexdigital.com), the industry leader in high-end digital recording and workflow equipment for motion picture and TV production, today announced a dramatic increase in the number of motion pictures, nominated at the 2015 Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) awards, that used Codex products in their production and post production pipelines.

This year Codex systems were harnessed by 14 motion pictures, featuring in the nominations for Best Picture, plus the key craft categories involved with image creation and finishing, namely Cinematography, VFX and Editing, compared to nine movies last year.

The nominated movies range in budget from $1m art-house independents to $200m-plus VFX-laden Hollywood blockbusters. Four of the five Oscar cinematography nominees all employed Codex systems Emmanuel Chivo Lubezki AMC ASC for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal for Ida, Dick Pope BSC for Mr Turner, and Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC for Unbroken. The other nominee, Robert D Yeoman, opted for celluloid on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Codex was the main digital recording and workflow technology on all 14 productions. These variously utilised Codex On-Board, in-camera and Vault products to capture, clone/back-up, QC, transcode, deliver dailies, apply non-destructive LUTs, and archive ARRIRAW from the broad range of ARRI ALEXA cameras. Codex enabled the production and post-production teams to reap the benefits of working with the full latitude of the original ARRIRAW footage. Additionally, by making available the full quality of the digital negative, Codex proved invaluable in the workflows of this years major VFX-nominated movies  Captain America: The Winter SoldierDawn Of The Planet Of The ApesGuardians Of The Galaxy and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Gregor Tavenner, 1st assistant camera on Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) said, The Codex recorders and Vault made for a very efficient, very low-maintenance system. We delivered the footage to editorial and to the lab using standard hard drives with no interoperability concerns. We used the most versatile, high-quality lightweight cameras [ALEXA M & ALEXA XT] that you can get today, even lighter than we could have been with film, and that allowed us to make the movie with all the finesse that Chivo and director Alejandro I±rritu imagined.

For artist bio-picture Mr. Turner, the filmmakers chose the combination of ARRI ALEXA XT shooting ARRIRAW, along with dual Codex Vaults. Speaking about the Codex workflow, cinematographer Dick Pope BSC said, ARRIRAW gives you a wonderful pixel canvas and wide latitude. Codex is a wonderful tool, with which everything is now done on site. We literally have the lab with us, and the entire film production is controlled live.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes cinematographer Michael Seresin BSC, used multiple Codex Onboard Recorders to shoot the production in native 3D. He commented, I like the Codex system, as it works closely with ARRI and its all well-integrated. Lukasz Zal, cinematographer on the $1m Polish independent production Ida, said, During production on Ida, the great thing about Codex was that it was invisible it just worked in the background without any problems.

Speaking about why the Codex/ARRIRAW workflow was important to his creative approach on X-Men: Days Of Future Past, DP Newton Thomas Sigel ASC said, First of all, it helps in terms of colour correction and image quality, because youre getting the highest resolution possible. And when youre colour correcting, you dont have to fight through somebody elses colour correction. Starting from scratch gives you the greatest range, and the maximum ability to manipulate and do subtle things later. It also gives greater freedom for editorial to blow-up, to move the image around. 

Breakdown of the 14 movies using Codex (nominated for best picture, cinematography, editing and visual effects):

85th Academy Awards 2015 Oscars:

American Sniper  Best Picture/Editing

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)  Best Picture/Cinematography

Captain America: The Winter Soldier  VFX

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes  VFX

Guardians Of The Galaxy  VFX

Ida  Cinematography/Foreign Language Film

Mr. Turner  Cinematography

Selma  Best Picture

Unbroken  Cinematography

X-Men: Days Of Future Past  VFX

 

72nd Golden Globe Awards:

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)  Best Musical/Comedy

Ida  Best Foreign Language Film

Into The Woods  Best Musical/Comedy

Selma  Best Motion Picture Drama

 

BAFTA 2015 Awards:

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)  Best Film/Cinematography/Editing

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes  VFX

Guardians Of The Galaxy  VFX

Ida  Cinematography/Not In The English Language

Mr. Turner  Cinematography

Nightcrawler  Editing

Paddington  Outstanding British Film

Under The Skin  Outstanding British Film

X-Men Days Of Future Past  VFX

 

29th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards 2015:

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)  DP Emmanuel Lubezki AMC ASC

Mr. Turner  DP Dick Pope BSC

Unbroken  DP Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC

 

29th ASC Spotlight Award 2015:

Under The Skin  DP Dan Landin BSC

Codex recording and workflow technology has been used on hundreds of motion picture productions worldwide. Forthcoming releases to rely on Codex include: In The Heart Of The SeaThe Fantastic FourPanJupiter AscendingFifty Shades Of GreyThe Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Point Break.

 

About Codex

Codex high-performance digital workflow tools are employed by independent and Hollywood motion pictures, high-end TV and commercials productions shooting worldwide. Designed for filmmakers by filmmakers, the companys renowned product portfolio includes easy-to-use recorders and media processing systems that streamline the transfer of digital files and images from camera through to post production. They also include leading-edge tools for colour, dailies creation, archiving, review and digital asset management. Codex is a privately-held company, headquartered in London, UK, with offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Beijing and Wellington, plus sales partners worldwide. Codex research and development continues to raise the bar for digital productions, combining the latest electronics and industrial design with trailblazing toolsets and capabilities for media and entertainment creation. www.codexdigital.com



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