On the 2nd November 2015, Blackmagic Design announced that historical drama film Suffragette was graded by Goldcrest Post Production, London on DaVinci Resolve Studio. Here’s the press release from Blackmagic Design.
Opening the 59th BFI London Film Festival, Suffragette is the first feature film to tell the story of women’s right to vote, and united colourist Rob Pizzey with director Sarah Gavron and cinematographer Eduard Grau.
Not shying away from the violent aspects of the movement’s struggle, Grau and Pizzey were influenced by Saul Leiter in developing the film’s distinctively gritty style, shot on 16mm film and digital. A DaVinci Resolve plug-in, called Neat Video, was used in conjunction with a separate plug-in written by Pizzey so that the team could adjust the level of grain in real time, based on Gavron’s feedback.
“Suffragette is a wonderful film and thoroughly deserving of its place at the London Film Festival, it’s fantastic news and makes me feel very proud,” said managing director at Goldcrest Post London, Patrick Malone. “We have always been fortunate in terms of the diversity of projects we work on and it’s particularly rewarding when the more cerebral titles achieve exposure and acclaim.”
Also highly critically acclaimed was this year’s Hollywood remake of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which saw Goldcrest Post London colourist Adam Glasman work with director Justin Kunzel and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw to create a film filled with palpable brutality, surreal hallucinatory scenes and stylised colour jumps that broke all the grading rules using DaVinci Resolve Studio.
Instead of fulfilling his normal role as a colourist, seamlessly matching the colour of every shot in a feature, Glasman deliberately made colours jump between shots for Macbeth, intentionally ensuring they didn’t match to bring audiences the classic Shakespeare play as they’d never seen it before.
“This is an intensively competitive business requiring us to maintain the highest standards of service to uphold the reputation we have all worked so hard to achieve. Any lapse in these standards, particularly when working on high profile titles such as Suffragette and Macbeth, could be extremely detrimental to the business,” Malone concluded. “Resolve has become the lynchpin of our workflow, allowing us to design an exceptionally reliable and efficient picture pipeline. We now have a process that effectively satisfies the editorial and delivery requirements of a project, while providing directors of photography with an incredibly powerful finishing tool.”
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