Atlanta’s Nine Mile Circle provided VFX for the new Jay Rock video, “Win,” directed by Dave Meyers and Dave Free (of The Little Homies). Nine Mile Creative Director Les Umberger was on set for two days of production in L.A. and supervised VFX back in Atlanta. The mix of work included effects elements that Umberger shot in super-slow-motion with a Phantom camera and composited into a battlefield environment, a 3D matte painting of a neighborhood in Watts, and a huge three-dimensional moving painting (really a particle effect created in SideFx Software’s Houdini) that dominates the background of a scene featuring Jay Rock shooting pool. The deliverables were finished over the course of a few days.
The latest 4K theatrical release is Suspiria from Amazon Digital Studios, which opens today in New York City and Los Angeles. Set in 1977 Berlin, it was shot on location near Varese, Italy and in Berlin by Thai cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, whose previous films include Call Me by Your Name and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Visual references for the film included Fassbinder films and Balthus paintings. Mukdeeprom shot on 35mm film with ARRI LT cameras rolling Kodak Vision3 500T Color Negative Film 5219, ideal for low-light photography.
Post facilities Estudio Roco in Colombia and Chroma Hollywood in L.A. worked together on this Carlos Vives music video, which put Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 15‘s new remote collaboration features to the test. Estudio Roco director and colorist Diego Yhamá worked together with Chroma Hollywood colorist Henry Santos on the project. “The collaboration feature truly shined when Mestiza Films came to my studio and saw how the video was being color-graded, in real time, by Henry thousands of miles away,” said Yhamá in a statement provided by Blackmagic. “They told us which color and tones they liked, and we adjusted them right then and there.” Also given a work-out in the production were Resolve’s new facial recognition tools, which reduce the need for manually tracking or rotoscoping the image.
The city of Kissimmee, FL has adopted the Panasonic AV-HLC100 Stream Studio (left) for live video streaming from City Hall. The city’s 24-hour government TV channel, Access Osceola, shoots with four Panasonic AW-HN130 PTZ cameras networked and auto-detected by the HLC100 via NDI for remote control. A pair of Panasonic AU-EVA1 5.7K handheld cameras shooting at 4K are used for studio and field production. Since early this summer, the set-up has been used to cover more than a half-dozen council meetings, pre-election debates and other projects.