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When you're trying to capture the feel of a specific place on film, it makes sense to go on location and soak up the atmosphere. But when Memoirs of a Geisha director Rob Marshall headed to Japan in search of some early 20th Century flavor, he found the region just felt too modern to work
Calibration-or lack thereof-is the Achilles heel of the DI process. It's quite a trick since video and film color spaces are derived differently, but every DI facility has to pull a 3D LUT out of a hat. You can do all the color correction you want, but if what you see on the monitor isn't what you get in the final film print, it's all been for naught.
Demonstrating that sometimes the DI is all about what you don't notice, the movie-musical version of Broadway hit Rent benefits from an overall crispness. There's no doubt that lots of color-correction took place, with windows of enhancement nudging your eyes this way or that, toward one singing-and-dancing character or another, but the overall effect, supervised by Steve Scott at E-Film in Los Angeles, is subtle.
Given a multipart structure that resembles Traffic - and the fact that Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan is the director and Steven Soderbergh an executive producer - you might expect Syriana to take some visual cues from the Soderbergh film, which was a sort of touchstone in dramatic DI work.
D2 Software, Inc. a subsidiary of Digital Domain, Inc., is now shipping v4.5 of Nuke, the high-end compositing system built by artists, for artists. Already offering the industry’s most robust 3D workspace with .obj support and 3D camera projection, Nuke …