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Directors Cut upgrades to Baselight for HDR and 4K Posted: 31/10/2019
Directors Cut upgrades to Baselight for HDR and 4K

Independent London post house Directors Cut Films – owned and operated by its creative staff – has invested in a Baselight TWO colour grading workstation with a Blackboard 2 control panel. Directors Cut works primarily in premium long-form television, as well as drama series, documentaries and feature films, with increasing interest in 4K and HDR.

“Being owned and run by ex-editors, we know what is required to meet and exceed expectations in post,” said Senior Colourist Andy Elliott. “We felt it was the right time to invest and embrace HDR and 4K workflows. HDR in particular produces much more of a positive visual impact, with real benefits in the immersive experience for the viewer.”

Leading broadcasters and production companies in the UK routinely turn to Directors Cut to finish major projects. While the work includes major dramas and some feature films, the company has a reputation for long form TV, especially documentaries. Recent projects graded by Elliott include biographies of Cher and Elton John, an investigation of the Bauhaus for BBC4, and Sir David Attenborough’s call to action Climate Change: The Facts.

Elliott pointed out that such programmes frequently bring together footage shot on multiple different cameras and formats, often in less than ideal circumstances. The task for the colourist is to integrate all of the footage as well as create a coherent look that reflects the story the director wishes to tell. That makes the speed and power of the upgraded Baselight suite an important asset.

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Power of Baselight X on display at the heart of Inter BEE Posted: 31/10/2019
Power of Baselight X on display at the heart of Inter BEE

At Inter BEE, the FilmLight presence will be led by Koichi Matsui, General Manager of FilmLight KK, along with Yoko Kimura, newly appointed sales and product specialist. “FilmLight is one of the world’s leading companies for production and post production technology,” said Koichi Matsui “Yoko’s recent appointment underlines this region’s importance to us, and is a clear indication of the support we are giving to our existing and future customers in Japan.”

Top end post-production is placing ever-more stringent technical demands on technology, in support of the creative ambitions of directors, cinematographers and colourists. 4K and HDR are now commonplace, and 8K is being broadcast today in Japan. Recently, Baselight workstations were chosen for grading and finishing Ang Lee’s new movie, Gemini Man, shot and delivered in 120 frames per second, 4K, high dynamic range 3D.

Only the power of the Baselight X system can handle such a data-intensive project, while still giving the colourist free rein with next-generation creative tools and realtime response. FilmLight will demonstrate these tools as part of its latest software version at Inter BEE 2019, on an 8K display powered by a Baselight X grading system. This includes new productivity features such as the enhanced timeline with collapsing stacks and multiple tracks.

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Fifty Fifty adds second Baselight grading suite Posted: 21/10/2019
Fifty Fifty adds second Baselight grading suite

Leading London boutique post house Fifty Fifty has added a second Baselight grading suite as part of its expansion programme. With the growing interest in top end content for broadcast and streaming, both suites are equipped for 4K and HDR Ultra HD, and certified for Dolby Vision grading and delivery.

 
Originally a short-form house, Fifty Fifty is now best known for its broadcast work. As well as an ambitious expansion into a fourth building next to its original Soho base, to drive future creative and commercial growth, Fifty Fifty has recruited experienced long-form colourist Joe Stabb to run both the department and the new suite.
 
“Our boutique size enables us to offer agile, bespoke solutions,” said Cara Kotschy, managing director of Fifty Fifty. “The addition of beautifully styled and Dolby Vision accredited Baselight suites is a strategic move to put us at the forefront of technology and deliver our strategy within the high-end programming market. Baselight is a name that almost every single client will recognise and trust.”
 
Today, the majority of Fifty Fifty’s OTT deliverables are in HDR, so it is incredibly important that they have the confidence to deliver this new technology. The new suite matches the existing room technically, based on a Baselight TWO workstation with a Blackboard control surface. Fifty Fifty also use Baselight plug-ins in their editorial rooms and Flame VFX.
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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.
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FilmLight presents Colour On Stage at IBC2019 Posted: 13/08/2019
FilmLight presents Colour On Stage at IBC2019

At this year’s IBC, FilmLight (stand #7.A45) is hosting the free two-day seminar series, Colour On Stage, on 14-15 September 2019. The event provides an opportunity for visitors to participate in live presentations and discussions with colourists and other creative professionals at the peak of their craft.

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Legendary colourist Yvan Lucas reunites with Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood Posted: 05/08/2019
Legendary colourist Yvan Lucas reunites with Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
The latest movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, took the 2019 Cannes Film Festival by storm. The film visits late 60’s Los Angeles with colour and vitality realised by cinematographer Robert Richardson.
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FilmLight brings in Matthieu Straub to strengthen its international colour workflow team Posted: 15/07/2019
FilmLight brings in Matthieu Straub to strengthen its international colour workflow team
Well-known French DIT and film workflow specialist, Matthieu Straub, has joined FilmLight. Based in Paris, he will provide technical advice and practical assistance to FilmLight clients in France and Benelux, as well as acting as the company’s voice in local key trade groups and with training partners in the production and post marketplaces.
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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 finishing gives distinction to Cannes winners Posted: 03/07/2019
FilmLight finishing gives distinction to Cannes winners
Two of the top prizes at this year’s Cannes Film Festival have gone to ground-breaking movies which rely on FilmLight colour science for their distinctive looks. Parasite, from Korean director Bong Joon Ho, took the Palme d’Or, while director Mati Diop won the Grand Prix for Atlantique (Atlantics), the first black female director to take the honour.
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At NAB 2019 FilmLight adds more to modern colour finishing and delivery Posted: 28/03/2019
At NAB 2019 FilmLight adds more to modern colour finishing and delivery
With the colour grading suite now the hub for finishing on movies, premium television and commercials, FilmLight is focusing on putting all the right colour tools into the hands of the creatives who need them, and on simplifying the pipeline for collaborative workflows.
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Latest FilmLight Colour Day to be held at NAB2019 Posted: 25/03/2019
Latest FilmLight Colour Day to be held at NAB2019

The next in the series of acclaimed FilmLight Colour Day masterclasses will be held alongside NAB on Monday 8th April 2019. Presented by industry leaders in creative grading, this intensive day will introduce colourists, DoPs and the wider production and post industry to the opportunities and challenges of modern colour finishing and delivery.

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FilmLight activates v5 for Baselight STUDENT Posted: 10/01/2019
FilmLight activates v5 for Baselight STUDENT

Baselight STUDENT, FilmLight’s free macOS application, has been enhanced with the innovative and creative advances from the core Baselight v5 software. Baselight STUDENT v5 will allow those developing their skills as a colourist to have the full range of creative features, based on the same platform as every Baselight system.

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FilmLight creates Cold War look for The Americans Posted: 29/10/2018
FilmLight creates Cold War look for The Americans

The sixth and final Emmy award winning series of The Americans, a period spy thriller set in the 1980s during the Cold War, was recently finished in HDR and 4K Ultra HD at Technicolor PostWorks in New York. Since series two, the look of the finished series has been the responsibility of John Crowley, Senior Digital Colourist, working on the Baselight colour grading system from FilmLight.

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FilmLights Worldwide Colour Tour brings key industry talents to the stage for IBC2018 Colour Day Posted: 07/08/2018
FilmLights Worldwide Colour Tour brings key industry talents to the stage for IBC2018 Colour Day

FilmLight is to stage one of its hugely popular colour tour masterclasses at IBC2018 (RAI Amsterdam) on Sunday 16 September. This intensive day of live presentations and practical discussions is designed to guide colourists, DoPs and the wider production and post industry through the opportunities and challenges that HDR and new delivery formats bring, via demonstrations of the exceptional colour management and finishing toolset in the latest version of FilmLight’s colour grading system, Baselight v5.

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Encore turns to Baselight to colour the story of Picasso Posted: 05/07/2018
Encore turns to Baselight to colour the story of Picasso

The second series of National Geographic’s popular series Genius focuses on the extraordinary life of painter Pablo Picasso. Colourist Pankaj Bajpai at Encore in Hollywood was charged with creating the look that evoked the time and place as well as the art.

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