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Hotel Transylvania, Sony Pictures Animation's monster hit comedy that already broke records at the U.S. box office, went through final color grading and stereo finishing in full 3D on Baselight. Completed at Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainment's digital intermediate facility, DI Colorist John Persichetti used Baselight to apply the finishing touches to the film prior to its worldwide release.
It was the second stereo 3D animated feature that Persichetti has graded on Baselight. He also graded Sony Pictures Animation's hit 2009 film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the first film finished at Colorworks. Animation, lighting, effects and stereography for Hotel Transylvania were completed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, who then delivered high-resolution image files to Colorworks via direct fibre link for colour grading and stereo finishing.
The task for Persichetti (who worked in collaboration with director Genndy Tartakovsky, visual effects supervisor Daniel Kramer and 3D stereoscopic supervisor Von Williams) was to ensure scene-to-scene consistency and to finesse details that only became apparent when the film was projected onto a big screen in Colorworks' DI theatre.
"The majority of our work involved fine adjustments," he said, "making a character appear lighter or darker relative to the background, or adjusting the color of a face."
About Hotel Transylvania
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish 'five-stake' resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters — Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more — to celebrate his daughter Mavis' 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to these infamous friends is no problem — but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles on the hotel for the first time and befriends Mavis. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Produced by Michelle Murdocca. Screenplay by Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel. Story by Todd Durham and Daniel Hageman and Kevin Hageman.
In the beginning, there was film. Images captured on light-sensitive material that could be shared among many viewers. Later came magnetic material called “videotape” and it was good for many things. Then a revolution! The computer and digital charged onto the field.Read more...
The western states, as a whole, are filled with more scenery than people. There are, of course, pockets of population that skew that logic – Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, and a few other cities – and they tend to be very urban areas, filled with views that can be found in cities east or west, But the grandeur of the land away from the cities is what attracts film makers from all over the world.Read more...
In the western United States, studios and soundstages often come with a distinguished Hollywood heritage. In Santa Fe, N.M., Garson Studios was founded by an Academy Award-winning actress. In Hollywood, Fox Studios carries the cachet of one of the legendary major studios. Moving north, the stages of San Rafael, Calif.’s 32TEN Studios once hosted Lucasfilm blockbusters, while the new Reno Tahoe Studios in Nevada seeks to establish its own heritage as production incentives promise to attract film and TV business to the state.Read more...
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A blue sky sprawls between ridges frosted in deep evergreen, framing Alder Gulch much as when Native American tribes traversed this landscape 800 years ago. The town of Virginia City sprang up virtually overnight in the summer of 1863; within one year, it was the largest city in the Inland Northwest, with an estimated 10,000 residents. These days, few people continue seeking gold in Alder Gulch. But for filmmakers seeking ready-made Old West locations, the towns of Virginia City and Nevada City offer one more chance to strike it rich.
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