Color Correction!

Posted in Diary of a Directrix, Making trippin', News
August 26th, 2009 by Devi Snively (The Directrix)

I’ve been waiting for this moment so long – picture locked and the luxury of putting the film in somebody else’s expert care.  It felt too good to be back at Riot, sorry, it’s Company 3 now.  They did color correction on Death in Charge and Meat is Murder.  I so love this process.  It’s too much fun.

Our telecine artist this time is Shane whom I already adore.  As he was flipping through the movie, he beamed.

“How cool to get to work on a real movie for a change!”  he commented.  And this from a guy who works on big blockbuster Hollywood films?  It was love at first color correction session.

He loves the puppet scene in particular and even dragged in a co-worker to check it out, declaring our film an “instant cult classic.”  I knew I’d met a kindred spirit.

Ian Strandberg came to join the party and it was amazing to see the before and after difference.  It’s not just the evening out of all the colors, it’s the added contrast that adds depth to each shot, the stylization, the brightening and darkening of different sections of a frame.

Shane would push a knob I named the “yucky button” that showed the before from the after shot.  Too cool.

We got through about a third of the film in one sitting.  We set looks for the different scenes and completed a few in their entirety.  The time literally flew by.  Man, to think some people get paid to do this.  It felt like vacation to me.  Not sure when we go back for the next session.  We may not make the deadlines we’d hoped to.  But when all is said in done, what’s another couple of weeks?  At last it feels like we’re really going to have completed our first feature.  That’s pretty effin’ nifty!

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