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Postproduction

DI Comes in All Sizes

di_company3_post-house_sfwThe digital intermediate (DI) has become an accepted part of the workflow for feature films ─ from the biggest blockbusters to smaller-budget independents. There are currently an enormous number of tools to get the job done, including software-based systems and the DI systems with the most bells and whistles. P3 Update has taken a look at some recent DI work to see the challenges that DI artists are facing and the tools they use to complete the job.

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LOOK Effects Takes on "Limitless"

Visual Effects can transport, captivate and visually illuminate a story while taking the audience places they dare to dream about.  LOOK Effects’ New York, a visual effects production facility recently worked on the visual effects for Neil Burger’s latest thriller, Limitless, staring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.

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Color Correcting

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The digital intermediate (DI) is often a high-ticket item in the postproduction budget, but more and more independent filmmakers are still able to finish their films with a flourish. Even better, top-end tools from such well-respected manufacturers as Blackmagic Design and FilmLight are part of the equation.

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Editing in 3D

Df-04531_SFWAt Oasis Imagery in Hollywood, Calif., Chief Visionary Officer Scot Barbour has created the setup for the offline and finishing of the Russian 3D film Napoleon. The editor chose Avid Media Composer Nitris DX as his tool, and Barbour reports that he has set two workstations up connected to a Unity.

“There are a few choices to editing 3D,” Barbour explains. “You can cut the project with [Apple] Final Cut Pro (FCP) or Avid. One method is to use the codec CineForm, which is a great workflow when the editor wants to take it home. But you start in CineForm, you have to finish in the CineForm Neo3D codec.” Barbour likes to set up the system so that in the Avid or FCP system monitor the editor has three views: the left eye, the right eye and the combined image. “In the editing application, instead of one picture, you have three pictures to choose from,” he says.

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North American 3-D Movie Box Office Revenue Nearly Doubles in 2010

Box office revenue generated by three dimensional (3-D) movies in North America nearly doubled in 2010, as more screens were upgraded to 3-D capability and studios delivered more 3-D motion pictures, new IHS Screen Digest research indicates.

North American 3-D movie theater revenue amounted to $2.2 billion in 2010, up 85 percent from $1.2 billion in 2009. The 3-D segment rose to account for 20.6 percent of total North American movie theater box office revenue in 2010, up from 11.0 percent in 2009.

The attached figure presents the IHS Screen Digest historical estimate of North American 3-D box office revenue.

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