Jun 13, 2019

EFILM SUPPORTS FILMMAKER BOB TALBOT’S BEING DOLPHIN 4D

World renowned photographer, filmmaker, and environmentalist Bob Talbot’s new production, Being Dolphin 4D, is a highly immersive experience that transports viewers into a dolphin’s world in exhilarating and poetic fashion. Designed and created specifically for 4D exhibition, the project is part of a partnership between Talbot Films and the National Aquarium to blend science and art in a way that seamlessly provides a new perspective on dolphins. Their goal is to create a broad range of immersive media to be exhibited at the Aquarium and for general distribution. Talbot turned to EFILM for the editorial and color finishing post-production.

“This project was an evolution of some techniques I’ve used in the past as well as some completely new shooting methods. Most of the underwater sequences were shot with an Alexa mounted on a custom underwater propulsion rig. Using that rig made it possible for me to fly the camera with a pod of dolphins for minutes at a time. In a single take I could glide along the bottom with them and remain in the pod as they surfaced. We also rigged a Phantom Flex4K on the front of my boat to shoot 1000 frames per second over/under scenes of dolphins surfacing,” Talbot explains.

All of the footage from the various cameras had to be converted and color finished. From one dive to another the water visibility and light can change dramatically. Clouds appear and disappear. Reds go away as water depth increases. The central challenge was to achieve consistency throughout the short film’s ten-minute run time.

Talbot notes, “It took a lot of work to create a consistent look. Everyone at EFILM did an amazing job. They gave our little film the same care they give the blockbusters they work on every day.”

Being Dolphin 4D supports the National Aquarium’s revolutionary stance that cetaceans do not belong in captivity, by providing new and immersive alternatives for the public to learn about dolphins. The Aquarium ultimately aims to build a seaside sanctuary for its family of dolphins, and hopefully, for other dolphins from around the world.


Jun 12, 2019

EFILM Colorist Jason Hanel Reteams with Illumination for ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’

The highly anticipated sequel to Illumination Entertainment’s 2016 blockbuster, “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” directed by Chris Renaud and Jonathan del Val, explores a new chapter in the life of terrier Max, mutt Duke, and new and old friends alike. For his ninth project with Illumination, EFILM Colorist Jason Hanel continued the overall aesthetic of the original film, while helping to introduce the new locations, each with its own developed look and mood.

“One major difference from the last film is that images in ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ were designed for an HDR workflow,” Hanel explained. “I was able to take advantage of that extended latitude to increase details in scenes, especially the ones bathed in beautiful volumetric light. This is most notable in the characters’ fur, which appears more detailed and interesting in HDR.”

Hanel worked locally in Los Angeles with CG Supervisors David Pelle and Bruno Chauffard, Post Production Supervisor Jeannine Berger, Assistant Post Production Supervisor Eileen Godoy, and Stereoscopic Supervisor John Benson to set the looks. He began the color process early on, starting with individual promo trailers for each character.

“With each movie, we find ways to refine the color process and get the most out of the animation,” noted Hanel. “We used many of the techniques we developed and learned from ‘The Grinch’ last year and further improved them. Collaborating with the team at Illumination Entertainment was another fantastic experience. Many of us have worked together for years, and the grading process was very enjoyable.”

One scene that departs from the film’s colorful yet naturalistic aesthetic is a fantasy sequence with rabbit Snowball that features a traditional anime look. Hanel said, “The anime scene is a fun surprise with a bold use of color. Scenes inside the cat lady’s apartment also standout, with a cooler, darker palette that added to the creepy mood.”

In addition to Dolby Vision and standard theatrical passes in 2D and 3D, Hanel provided the color finish for the standard, Dolby Vision and 3D home entertainment versions of the film.

For more info on “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” visit: https://www.thesecretlifeofpets.com/.


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