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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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      COLORSPACE 4K HDR Vehicle Uses DaVince Resolve

      July 16, 2019, 7:27 am
      Blackmagic Design announced today that Picture Block used DaVinci Resolve Studio and DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel to provide HDR color correction and editing as part of the new COLORSPACE 4K HDR screening room vehicle. COLORSPACE also includes a 12G and 4K workflow using a number of other Blackmagic Design products.

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      Free DaVinci Resolve Training at VidCon

      July 3, 2019, 8:19 am
      At this year’s Los Angeles VidCon, Blackmagic Design will be offering free hands on training for its DaVinci Resolve Studio post production software at Booth 1400. VidCon attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with popular YouTubers Bri Heart and Jervy Hou at the Blackmagic Design booth to hear how they created their newest video using DaVinci Resolve Studio and Blackmagic Design cameras.

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      Duplitech Relies on Cintel for HDR Film Scanning

      June 28, 2019, 7:36 am
      Blackmagic Design today announced that Duplitech, one of L.A.’s most respected independent media service labs, is using a host of Blackmagic Design gear, including Cintel Scanner 2 for high dynamic range (HDR) film scanning. Duplitech found that Cintel Scanner 2 performs exceptionally well on 16mm film, having recently worked with the element while onboarding the “Blondie” television series from the 1950s.

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      Diplo’s “So Long” Music Video Uses URSA Mini

      June 24, 2019, 7:17 am
      Blackmagic Design announced today that “So Long,” Diplo’s latest music video featuring country artist Cam, was shot using the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K and utilized the Blackmagic RAW format.

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      KPOP Music Videos Created with Blackmagic Design

      June 14, 2019, 7:09 am
      Blackmagic Design today announced that South Korea based independent record label Areia Creations shot its latest music videos for the artists Musky and Ferry with a combination of Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and URSA Mini Pro cameras using Blackmagic RAW codec. The videos were then edited and graded using Davinci Resolve Studio with a DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel.

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      Blackmagic Design Announces Proland Group

      June 5, 2019, 7:01 am
      Blackmagic Design has today announced the appointment of the Proland Group Ltd as its authorized distribution partner in the Russian Federation and Belarus markets.

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    • Kerry
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      New Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR

      June 4, 2019, 6:32 am
      Advanced 8K monitoring solution that lets you use the new Apple Pro Display XDR as a color critical reference monitor on set and in post production!

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      Blackmagic RAW Format Used on Clink

      May 30, 2019, 8:32 am
      Blackmagic Design has today announced that new British television drama series Clink, created by Colin McKeown and produced by Donna Molloy, has relied on a Blackmagic RAW workflow for both acquisition and post production.

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      The Birthday’s Tour Shot with Blackmagic RAW

      May 22, 2019, 7:53 am
      Blackmagic Design announced today that URSA Mini Pro 4.6K and Pocket Cinema Camera 4K were used for live shooting of The Birthday's TOUR 19 NIGHTS 2018 AUTUMN, the sold out recent tour by the popular UNIVERSAL SIGMA Japanese rock band.

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      TBS SPARKLE, Inc. Installs Cintel Scanner

      May 17, 2019, 6:58 am
      Blackmagic Design announced today that TBS SPARKLE, Inc. has installed a Cintel Scanner and DaVinci Resolve Studio to digitize a huge amount of 16mm footage from 1955 to the 1980s. This will include the digitization of more than 3,000 films, documentaries and news shows, as well as other footage shot by TBS SPARKLE, Inc.

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