(Los Angeles, California--November 29, 2007) Digital Vision, the premier supplier of color grading and picture enhancement systems for film and television post-production announced that Los Angeles’ iO Film used the Film Master grading and finishing system to complete Digital Intermediate (DI) work on “The Mist,” from Dimension Films.
The movie, based on the Stephen King novel, features a cloud of mist that hides blood-thirsty creatures which feed on humans. It is directed by Frank Darabont and opened in theatres on November 21.
For the DI iO Film scanned the negative, then conformed and graded it using Digital Vision’s Film Master system. Keith Shaw, a 20-year veteran colourist, employed the Film Master’s grading tools to make sure that the look Darabont envisioned was delivered in the final film—turning scenes shot in the daytime into warmer, candle-lit-looking nightscapes to support feedback from screenings, maximizing detail in dark scenes, and executing a great deal of individual windowing and tracking to color-match 20 or more faces in single shots, to address the film’s large ensemble cast. During visual effects creation Shaw also used Film Master to grade back plates for the effects house and then grade the completed shots for reviews. Shaw also focused much of the grading work on the actual ‘mist.’
“The mist itself is one of the main characters in the film,” he said. “Whole scenes take place in the mist, with characters walking in an out of it. It was crucial that it looked consistent from shot to shot, and that elements dissolving in and out blended seamlessly. I did a lot of de-saturation work and matching of contrast levels from shot to shot; it was an easy process with Film Master.”
Digital Vision President and COO Simon Cuff noted, “We spend a lot of time working with colourists like Keith to push the boundaries in non-linear grading both in terms of look creation and workflow. Our goal is to be highly responsive to what our users need as well as delivering innovative new approaches to mastering.”
Shaw added, “The number of new features that have been added to Film Master in the last few months even, has been astonishing. Digital Vision gives us fantastic support and the development pace is amazingly fast.”
About Digital Vision
Digital Vision provides innovative image restoration, enhancement, colour correction and data conforming systems that major movie studios, television networks and post-production facilities use to produce and enhance feature films, TV programs and commercials. The company’s Nucoda product line provides a strong suite of products for tapeless and non linear grading for SD & HD broadcast and 2k/4k digital intermediate productions. The company’s award-winning products are a standard of the media and entertainment industry and are deployed at top facilities and broadcasters around the world.
Digital Vision AB was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with three wholly owned subsidiaries, Digital Vision (US) in Los Angeles, California; Digital Vision UK in London, England; and Digital Vision in Hong Kong, China. The company maintains its global presence through a network of qualified distributors. Digital Vision is listed on the Stockholm stock exchange. For further information, go to www.digitalvision.se