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  • Kerry

    Elton John’s Rocketman Graded with DaVinci Resol

    June 20, 2019, 7:59 am
    Blackmagic Design has today announced that its DaVinci Resolve Studio was used throughout the color pipeline on Paramount’s new musical biopic about Elton John’s breakthrough years produced by Marv Films & Rocket Pictures and directed by Dexter Fletcher.
    Fremont, CA - June 20, 2019 - Blackmagic Design has today announced that its DaVinci Resolve Studio was used throughout the color pipeline on Paramount’s new musical biopic about Elton John’s breakthrough years produced by Marv Films & Rocket Pictures and directed by Dexter Fletcher.     


    Lensed by DP George Richmond, BSC, Rocketman’s on set DIT workflow was developed and managed by Onset Tech’s Joshua Callis-Smith with Goldcrest Post handling the final DI and online. Senior colorist Rob Pizzey handled the final grade delivering in Dolby Vision Domestic and Theatrical HDR, as well as SDR Rec 709 with Russ White and Daniel Tomlinson completing the online.     

    Pizzey and Richmond began pre production by defining the main show LUT in early testing where different lenses, exposure ranges and lighting setups were tested against elements from the film’s production design. “Three variations of the LUT were then created at multiple exposures as the films base look throughout the on set DIT, where I helped create a subtle color arc for the film’s dailies to inform the shifting narrative,” reveals Callis-Smith.     

    Adding: “Our dailies lab relied on a Blackmagic eGPU setup for the first time, allowing them to achieve faster processing speeds using the 5K iMac via Thunderbolt 3, even when it came to H.264 encoding,” explains Joshua.     

    Once production was complete, Richmond and Pizzey selected 350 still frames from the film to create a color bible for the final grade. They then spent two days picking different looks for each scene before a two week unattended grading process, where Rob matched up the different looks to the aesthetics in the color bible while handling subtle recuts and dropping in visual effects sequences where necessary.     

    “We wanted to reflect the narrative with a slightly muted, desaturated world for young Reggie,” says Rob. “Then, as the film progresses and Elton’s world goes out of control, the color pops more and vintage lenses were used to obtain a vibrant feel with exaggerated flares.”     

    “I aimed to maintain the soft look achieved with the vintage lenses, making sure not to go too hard on the bottom end of the curve,” adds Rob. “For one scene, we wanted to create a look where everything was muted except for Elton and Reggie. There was a lot of color in the scene’s rushes. The houses were red brick, there was lots of green in the gardens, and the dancers wore colorful outfits. To achieve the required look, we asked VFX to create mattes to help us to make sure the grade didn’t bleed into the other characters throughout the dance routine.”     

    Press Photography  
    Product photos of DaVinci Resolve Studio, Blackmagic eGPU 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
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      BBC and Hulu’s Normal People Used DaVinci Resolv

      July 1, 2020, 2:26 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced that the hugely popular television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s New York Times best selling novel, Normal People, was graded and finished in DaVinci Resolve Studio.

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      Sandwich Uses Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and Resolve

      June 29, 2020, 3:00 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced that Sandwich used Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, Blackmagic RAW and DaVinci Resolve Studio to shoot and grade a new online spot for Slack. The project was finished using Lunchbox by Sandwich, an exciting new distributed production service that allows live action spots to be created remotely.

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      Ghost Funk Orchestra Honors Bill Withers

      June 29, 2020, 12:37 pm
      Ghost Funk Orchestra’s “For My Friend” music video is a touching tribute to the late singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Withers who recently passed away. Known for hits such as “Lean on Me” and “Lovely Day,” Withers’ friend and Ghost Funk Orchestra’s bandleader Seth Applebaum wanted to honor his friend by covering Withers’ classic hit “For My Friend.” The only catch was the 60-member band couldn't meet in person due to COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions.

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    • Kerry
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      MisterWives’ Rock Bottom Shot on Blackmagic RAW

      June 25, 2020, 3:18 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced that the hit band MisterWives used Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and Blackmagic RAW to shoot the music video for their new song “Rock Bottom.” DaVinci Resolve Studio was also used for color correction for the video.

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      Modern Wardudes Created with Blackmagic Design

      June 15, 2020, 3:12 pm
      Blackmagic Design announced today that up and coming production company Ascender produced their popular YouTube web series, “Modern Wardudes” exclusively using the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and DaVinci Resolve Studio.

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      Classmates Posted with DaVinci Resolve

      May 28, 2020, 1:04 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced that Singapore based Echo Entertainment used URSA Mini Pro G2 cameras shooting in Blackmagic RAW to capture the first season of Mediacorp Singapore’s upcoming TV dramedy “Classmates.” Echo Entertainment also used DaVinci Resolve Studio for color correction and VFX work, with the DaVinci Resolve Fairlight page used for audio editing.

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      Lightstorm Entertainment Using Blackmagic Design

      May 27, 2020, 3:19 pm
      Blackmagic Design announced today that Lightstorm Entertainment used an extensive array of Blackmagic products, including the Teranex AV, Smart VideoHub 40x40 12G, ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K and more for their recent work during production for the “Avatar” sequels.

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      Same Sun Video Shot with Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

      May 22, 2020, 2:57 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced Jasmine Ash’s music video for her new single “Same Sun” was shot by Brendan Walter using Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. Walter also used the Blackmagic RAW codec and DaVinci Resolve for color correction on the video, which allowed him to be able to capture a whole neighborhood of people in their homes while shooting in natural light through their windows.

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      Stargate Creates Real Time Virtual Environments

      May 18, 2020, 3:56 pm
      Blackmagic Design announced today that Award winning visual effects facility Stargate Studios utilized a wide range of Blackmagic Design products in creating “ThruView”, the company’s cutting edge, proprietary real time virtual production system.

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      AADAI and Andhaghaaram Graded with DaVinci Resolve

      May 12, 2020, 3:12 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced India based digital cinema designer and colorist G. Balaji used DaVinci Resolve Studio to grade the recent Indian hit film “AADAI” and the upcoming “Andhaghaaram.”

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