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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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Hollywood's First Studio Celebrates a Century of Entertainment

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The glamorous film nostalgia of the precious past is holding hands with today’s 21st- century cutting-edge technology, all contained within the walls of the iconic Sunset Gower and Sunset Bronson Studios. Their extraordinary collaboration brought to life Hollywood’s first true movie studio that has a structure like no other — it’s a genuine landmark representing a remarkable piece of history on the well-known Sunset Boulevard. In fact, as you drive by, you’ll pass the location where the first feature-length “talkie” movie was produced (The Jazz Singer).

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Utah Governor Signs Tax Credit Legislation for Film Industry

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Utah’s Legislature approved a nationally competitive increase in the tax incentive for film makers that will boost the motion picture tax incentive from 20 to up to 25 percent of the dollars left in the state in the form of a fully refundable post performance tax credit or cash rebate. Governor Gary R. Herbert signed House Bill 99, Motion Picture Incentives Amendments, into law. The Legislature approved an ongoing tax credit fund of $6.8 million for the Motion Picture Incentive Fund (MPIF).

“Our vision for the State of Utah is to be recognized as a premiere global business destination,” said Governor Herbert. “The expanded motion picture incentive will enable us to position Utah and its talented motion picture and digital media work force to compete on a global basis for the film and digital media industries. These are important industries to our economy’s future.”

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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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TV Show with an Indie Look

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The popular TNT series “Men of a Certain Age,” starring Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula, doesn’t have the usual TV-show look. Instead of static camerawork and flat lighting, the show has an edgy, indie film look, thanks to Cinematographer Mark Davison and Director/Cinematographer David Boyd, ASC. “David was the original DP, and when he moved on to direct the show in the middle of the first season, I took over as DP,” reports Davison, whose previous TV credits include “Boston Legal” and “Entourage.”

 

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From the Sidelines to the Live 3D Game

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While Avatar’s success has triggered a lemming migration into the third dimension by directors of dramatic fare, the ripples are also lapping against the bleachers of spectator sports and other live events. But while a movie can always be fixed in post, a live event is a beast of a different stripe that has, at best, a 10-second time-delay buffer. Nevertheless, ESPN’s early commitment to 3D seems to have spurred many to get off the sidelines and into the live 3D game.

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Midwest Milestones

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Heading out to the Midwest, you’ll find that many of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters are taking the region by storm. The third Transformers film was shot in both Illinois and Indiana, and the city of Chicago has hosted the Dark Knight franchise. At the same time, Kansas and Missouri are churning out popular independent films like Winter’s Bone, which exposed audiences to the under-photographed Ozarks. And Kansas City, lying in both Kansas and Missouri, boasts some of the region’s most unexpected and interesting film festivals. This dynamic region offers large cities and vast plains along with experienced crew, eager film offices and large state-of-the-art facilities. So it’s no surprise that the Midwest is getting more and more well-deserved attention these days.

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Technicolor Launches ShareVue™ Dailies Solution

Technicolor launches its next-generation dailies solution that facilitates and greatly enhances the viewing of dailies content on desktop, laptop and mobile device including iPad and Android tablets.

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U.S. Incentive Update

Cast and Crew Entertainment Services, LLC reports on the changes in tax incentives that various states within the U.S. are proposing in an effort to attract more productions.

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