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  • Kerry

    Quezon’s Game Edited and Graded in DaVinci Resol

    July 24, 2019, 10:02 am
    Blackmagic Design announced today that Matthew Rosen’s film “Quezon’s Game” was shot using Blackmagic Design cameras, with editing and color correction done in DaVinci Resolve Studio. The Philippine historical drama was released worldwide in May of 2019 and has received more than 20 international film awards.
    Fremont, CA - July 23, 2019 - Blackmagic Design announced today that Matthew Rosen’s film “Quezon’s Game” was shot using Blackmagic Design cameras, with editing and color correction done in DaVinci Resolve Studio. The Philippine historical drama was released worldwide in May of 2019 and has received more than 20 international film awards.    


    The film, shot and directed by longtime filmmaker Matthew Rosen and produced by ABS-CBN Film Productions, tells the story of the Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon and his plan to shelter Jewish refugees fleeing from Nazi Germany. The film has won awards across the globe, including 4 at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival and 12 at the Cinema World Festival in Canada, which included the Award of Merit for Color Treatment to colorist Toni Gozum.    

    To shoot “Quezon’s Game,” Rosen used a mix of Blackmagic Design cameras as the film’s main and action cameras. The Blackmagic camera’s compact size and high quality filmic images gave Rosen the ability to shoot anywhere he needed.    

    “I wanted ‘Quezon’s Game’ to look like ‘Casablanca’ or ‘Citizen Kane’ and other films of the era the movie is set in. However, I felt shooting a film in black and white that was aimed at mainstream cinema audiences would be limiting. This mindset really shaped the look of the film we ended up with.    

    Most of the interior shots were graded with the high contrast look of black and white film. We lowered the saturation of the colors in Resolve, which was aided by the art direction, which was kept as monochromatic as possible with no vibrant colors. Most of the sets were earth colors, woods and off whites. It really did feel like we were watching an old movie but it did not look black and white.”    

    Rosen said: “The cameras are incredibly lightweight and compact. We shot most of the movie in a tourist resort called Las Casas de Acuzar in Bataan, Philippines and were given the go ahead to shoot there when I gave my word we would not close down any roads or obstruct the guests in any way. And the rooms we were shooting in were also small and the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras allowed me to pull my cameras right up to the walls to get the most out of the limited depth we had.”    

    The film captures the Philippines of the late 1930s and 1940s, and includes both high drama and action scenes throughout.    

    “The two main factors that make me really very partial to this camera are its size and its image. Both factors really helped me capture the look I was after; its size because I could get the angles I wanted with ease and its look because it’s so filmic,” Rosen continued. “The cameras came in very useful when shooting traveling shots with the camera mounted on a bike. As the camera is light and compact, it works very well as an action camera and the shots fit perfectly between all other shots - as they are taken with the same camera.”  The film was graded at Manila’s Kinetek by Toni Gozum, an industry veteran who has provided post production for feature films, television shows and commercials for global brands.    

    She described the look and feel of the film: “We were aiming for a Casablanca feel but not entirely black and white. We still left a bit of color, especially because we wanted the outdoor scenes to show the vibrancy and freshness of a tropical country.”    

    To emphasize that the film was not black and white, Gozum isolated certain elements in each scene and increased the saturation using Davinci Resolve on that element only. One example, an important scene in the film, was a shot in a jazz club with a German SS officer. Gozum used Resolve to make sure that the swastika was emphasized but still keeping the mood of the film.    

    “Resolve helped me save a LOT of time. There are a lot of talking scenes and the camera basically just goes back and forth between the two actors. These shots pretty much have the same grade, so being able to select multiple clips and then apply a grade with one click was a great convenience. Also, the track grading feature helps when we suddenly decide to slightly alter the look of the entire sequence. I don’t have to go and put on the extra adjustment to each clip,” she said.    

    The filmmakers also used DaVinci Resolve to prepare the film for its worldwide launch.  “Of course you can’t beat Resolve color for its flexibility and function. We graded the entire movie in 8 days. When you are dealing with multiple requirements for international cinema, TV and OTT deliverables can be a nightmare. Subtitles, closed captions, aspect ratios, bit rates and wraps are all complete and simple to set up with Resolve, and it was very effective in letting us meet deliverables,” Rosen said.    

    Press Photography  
    Product photos for DaVinci Resolve Studio, Blackmagic Cinema Camera 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 EmmyTM 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

      C&I Studios Relies on DaVinci Resolve 16 Studio

      August 21, 2019, 9:11 am
      Blackmagic Design today announced that C&I Studios, a global content creation agency, is using DaVinci Resolve 16 Studio’s new cut page for faster than ever editing. Relying on DaVinci Resolve 16 Studio for end to end post production, including editing, color grading, visual effects (VFX) and Fairlight audio, C&I Studios created a video for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts showcasing one of its signature programs, Turnaround Arts.

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    • Kerry
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      Summer 2019’s Biggest Films Used Blackmagic Desi

      August 16, 2019, 8:11 am
      A number of the 2019 summer season’s worldwide film releases used numerous Blackmagic Design products during production and post.

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    • Kerry
      COLOR

      DaVinci Resolve Studio Grades Sci Fi Film Quanta

      August 15, 2019, 8:05 am
      New sci fi film “Quanta” was shot entirely on an URSA Mini Pro, while grading was done using DaVinci Resolve Studio. The film is one of the first globally distributed films by the new Melbourne based film production company and film collective Raygun, and will begin distribution in the United States and other countries in August.

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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      August 13, 2019, 9:19 am
      Blackmagic Design today announced that critically acclaimed television concert series “Front and Center” used a full Blackmagic Design Ultra HD live production workflow to produce several episodes of its ninth season, which were live streamed to Facebook Live and delivered in SDR for public television and HDR10 for DIRECTV.

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    • Kerry
      COLOR

      New Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

      August 8, 2019, 3:34 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a new handheld digital film camera with a full Super 35 size 6K HDR image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, an EF lens mount and dual native ISO up to 25,600 for incredible low light performance. This new model builds on the popularity of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K but has a larger Super 35 sensor size with 6K resolution, allowing higher image quality.

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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      Blackmagic Design Announces UltraStudio 4K Mini

      August 8, 2019, 3:31 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced UltraStudio 4K Mini, a new capture and playback solution for Thunderbolt 3 computers with 12G SDI, HDMI, analog video and audio connections that lets customers build solutions for editing, color grading, live broadcast graphics, archiving from traditional broadcast decks and live internet streaming.

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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      Blackmagic RAW Speed Test

      August 8, 2019, 3:27 pm
      Real world performance testing using Blackmagic RAW image decode speeds allows a more accurate way of measuring computer processing speeds

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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 16.1

      August 8, 2019, 3:21 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 16.1, a new update to the company’s popular edit, color, visual effects and audio post production software that includes major updates to the new cut page to help create the world’s fastest editor.

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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      Blackmagic Design Announces Product Update Stream

      August 7, 2019, 9:58 am
      Blackmagic Design today announced it will hold a live stream on August 8th, 12:00pm PDT to provide updates related to the company’s post production and camera products. Held by CEO and co-founder Grant Petty, the stream will be available from Blackmagic Design’s website, as well as on the company’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

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    • Kerry
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      Legends of the Deep Shot with Blackmagic Design

      August 7, 2019, 9:56 am
      Blackmagic Design today announced that Canada based Echo Bay Media used two Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks and a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro on the all new Science Channel series, “Legends of the Deep.” The Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks captured underwater shots for the aquatic series, and then DaVinci Resolve Studio was used for the final color grade by Marc Bachli of Sim Post Toronto.

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