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  • Kerry

    Benjamin’s Last Day at Katong Swimming Complex

    October 11, 2018, 8:42 am
    Blackmagic Design’s today announced that DaVinci Resolve was used to color grade the film ‘Benjamin’s Last Day at Katong Swimming Complex’. The film, finished in HDR, recently won the George Lucas Award at Japan’s most prestigious short film competition.
    Fremont, CA - October 11, 2018 - Blackmagic Design’s today announced that DaVinci Resolve was used to color grade the film ‘Benjamin’s Last Day at Katong Swimming Complex’. The film, finished in HDR, recently won the George Lucas Award at Japan’s most prestigious short film competition.    


    The film, a visual ode to a simpler past, beat out 10,000 other submissions from 130 countries and territories to qualify for nomination in the live action short film category of the Oscars.    

    “Feel was central to showing and not telling the story. Shots in the past had a vintage aged film quality to rewind the audience back to a time before everything became so digital,” says Chai Yee Wei, Director of ‘Benjamin’s Last Day at Katong Swimming Complex’. “Muted pastels with a pronounced coral color lift was a familiar frame in 1970s pictures of Singapore. This turquoise and cotton candy palette set the mood for the film and was responsible for the beautiful even stitch of shots from various days and even from separate locations!”    

    "I first drew inspiration from art and photography from the 50's & 60's, including David Hockney's paintings, and the photography of Slim Aarons, which I felt fit the mood that was discussed with the DOP and Director. Grading the footage was an interesting challenge. I had to somehow sell the overcast scenes as a bright, happy pastel childhood memory, and a combination of an army of keyers, curves and primaries in DaVinci Resolve helped to not only sell the idealized weather, but also in terms of shot matching,” explains Chen Jun Bin, colorist for ‘Benjamin’s Last Day at Katong Swimming Complex’.    

    He continued: “Resolve’s OFX grain tool was also key to demarcate how deep into the memory we went - I varied the intensity of the grain depending on the scenes. The echoes in the soundtrack inspired me to also give the poolside scene a particular glisten and bloom to the highlights to evoke a sense of reminiscence. I achieved this with a combination of the keyer and the Resolve OFX Glow tool."   

    “We wanted the highest quality to future proof this film so we shot in 8K. We color graded the 8K footage on the Mac Pro, dual 1080ti machine first for P3 output for cinema. Then we color managed and graded a 709 ProRes version for television. We then shifted the DaVinci Resolve project file onto an iMac Pro and regraded the material for HDR output when our facility, Mocha Chai Laboratories became Dolby certified and our staff was trained to deliver to Dolby Vision HDR standards,” said Chai Yee Wei, Director of Mocha Chai Laboratories.    

    “DaVinci Resolve’s color management system allowed for seamless workflow across the color spaces and we were able to process 8K raw footages with great ease. Mocha Chai Lab will continue to use DaVinci Resolve for our future Dolby Vision HDR projects. Being at the forefront of technology allows us to expand the scale of visual products we can offer channel owners,” Chai Yee Wei said.    

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    Product photos of DaVinci Resolve and all other Blackmagic Design products are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/media/images    

    About Blackmagic Design  
    Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com          

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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      Australia’s Stage Mums Shot with URSA Mini 4.6K

      January 9, 2019, 10:48 am
      Blackmagic Design today announced that season one of the popular Australian television comedy “Stage Mums” was shot using its URSA Mini 4.6K and Pocket Cinema Camera digital film cameras. The show’s editing, audio editing and color correction were also completed using DaVinci Resolve Studio.

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    • Kerry
      COLOR

      More than 55 Fall TV Shows Use Blackmagic Design

      December 13, 2018, 11:06 am
      Blackmagic Design today announced that the company’s production and post products were used to complete many of the fall 2018 season’s new and returning television shows and streaming series. More than 55 shows rely on Blackmagic Design’s digital film cameras; Fusion visual effects (VFX), compositing, 3D and motion graphics software; and DaVinci Resolve editing, color correction, VFX and digital audio software; as well as its switchers, routers, monitors and capture and playback devices.

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    • Kerry
      COLOR

      DP Eric Koretz Uses Blackmagic Design on Siberia

      December 11, 2018, 8:39 am
      Blackmagic Design today announced that DP Eric Koretz used a Micro Studio Camera 4K and Video Assist 4Kmonitor/recorder while shooting the new film “Siberia.” Koretz also used DaVinci Resolve Studio and a DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel on set to develop various looks while shooting.

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    • Kerry
      VFX

      Unreal Engine Supports DeckLink Products

      November 16, 2018, 8:47 am
      Blackmagic Design announced today Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.21 now supports Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 8K Pro, DeckLink Duo 2 and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G capture and playback cards. DeckLink SDK binaries and source code from Epic will also now be available free to download on the company’s Unreal Engine Marketplace.

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    • Kerry
      COLOR

      Austin Film Festival Films Used Blackmagic Designs

      November 15, 2018, 9:57 am
      Blackmagic Design announced today that more than 25 feature length and short films competing at the 2018 Austin Film Festival used Blackmagic Design digital film cameras and DaVinci Resolve Studio professional editing, grading and audio post production software.

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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      New Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G

      November 14, 2018, 9:55 am
      New model features 12G-SDI for working in all formats up to 2160p60, along with a powerful new class D amplifier, dual subwoofers and extended range speakers for crystal clear sound.

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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 15.2

      November 14, 2018, 9:30 am
      Major new release adds over 30 features customers have asked for including even faster editing, visual keyboard customization, new beauty correction tools, audio mastering plugins and more!

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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      The Oath Edited with DaVinci Resolve Studio

      November 12, 2018, 8:55 am
      Blackmagic Design today announced that the new film “The Oath” was shot with several URSA Mini Pro digital film cameras and edited and graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio, its professional editing, grading, audio post and visual effects software.

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    • Kerry
      COLOR

      Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic eGPU Pro

      October 30, 2018, 1:55 pm
      New model features blazingly fast AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 for up to 22x faster performance!

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    • Kerry
      COLOR

      Carlos Vives' Music Video Used DaVinci Resolve 15

      October 25, 2018, 8:05 am
      Blackmagic Design today announced that DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio, along with the DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel and DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel, were used for color grading and editing on the new music video for “Mañana,” the latest single by Latin American Grammy winning singer/songwriter Carlos Vives.

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