Dec 10, 2018

Senior Colorist Walter Volpatto Joins EFILM

EFILM has welcomed Senior Colorist Walter Volpatto, a 15-year industry veteran whose credits include “Dunkirk,” directed by Christopher Nolan; “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” directed by Rian Johnson; and, most recently, Amazon Studios’ critically-acclaimed series “Homecoming.” As a colorist, Volpatto’s style gravitates toward an aesthetic of realism, though his projects span genres from drama and action to comedy and documentary, such as just-released “Green Book,” directed by Peter Farrelly; Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight;” “Independence Day: Resurgence,” directed by Roland Emmerich; and “Bad Moms,” directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. He joins EFILM from Fotokem, where he started in digital intermediate before progressively shifting toward fully digital workflows while navigating emerging technologies such as HDR.

“Walter’s talent transcends formats and his work on some of the most visually stunning films in recent years speaks for itself,” commented William Sherak, President of Deluxe Post Production. “He understands color on a fundamental level and we’re fortunate to have him on board.”  

Volpatto said, “The global reach and talent pool of EFILM is impressive; it’s been on my very short list of places I want to work. I’m both excited and humbled for this new opportunity, and look forward to helping lead a team that makes clients feel at home.”

Volpatto found his way into color finishing by way of visual effects, a career he initially pursued as an outlet for his passion for photography. He began working as a Digital Intermediate Artist at Cinecitta in Rome in 2002, before relocating to Los Angeles the following year. Since then, he’s continued honing his skillset for both the film and digital worlds while also expanding his knowledge of color science, enhancing his ability to transform images in a way that resonates with filmmakers and audiences. Though known for his feature film work, Volpatto periodically works in episodic television and is drawn to quality cinematography, regardless of the intended medium. Based at EFILM’s Hollywood facility, he can accommodate clients at many of Deluxe’s color grading suites, including the newly opened, state-of-the-art Stage One.  

About EFILM:

Color artistry and groundbreaking technology come together at EFILM – where the industry’s top filmmakers and up-and-comers have come for three decades. Home to world-class talent and recognized with an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, EFILM continually sets creative and technology standards in digital color and finishing for features, episodics, new media, and trailers. It also provides location services through custom configured technology solutions and highly skilled field technicians. EFILM provides its artistry locally in Hollywood, and via real-time, calibrated color grading sessions between EFILM and Deluxe locations anywhere in the world.

About Deluxe:

Deluxe is the world’s leading video creation to distribution company offering global, end-to-end services and technology. Through unmatched scale, technology and capabilities, Deluxe enables the worldwide market for professionally created video. The world’s leading content creators, broadcasters, OTTs and distributors rely on Deluxe’s experience and expertise. With headquarters in Los Angeles and New York and operations in 38 key media markets worldwide, the company relies on the talents of more than 7,500 of the industry’s premier artists, experts, engineers and innovators.


Dec 3, 2018

EFILM Embarks on an Adventure in Whoville for Illumination’s “The Grinch”

The latest incarnation of Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch,” presented by Illumination Entertainment, adapts the iconic holiday tale of the hairy green Christmas-hating grump into a 3D animated feature, appealing to both new and nostalgic audiences. EFILM Colorist Jason Hanel, who specializes in animated content and previously collaborated with “The Grinch” Co-director Yarrow Cheney on “Secret Life of Pets,” helped enhance the film’s distinct look, including delivering Dolby Vision HDR passes for theatrical and home entertainment as well as standard theatrical and 3D passes, among others.

“The film has a naturalistic verisimilitude that we tried to preserve, but at the same time, it’s this amazing fantasy world high up in mountains with snow clinging to everything. It’s a hyper-reality look that feels grounded in the real world,” Hanel explained.  

In preparation for the project, Hanel tested and optimized his workflow for EXR files alongside EFILM Image Scientist John Quartel, to preserve as much HDR data as possible. This approached enabled Hanel to draw out detail in areas that would have otherwise been overwhelmed by bright highlights, such as the snow. When needed, he’d optimize elements that didn’t quite translate appropriately for HDR.

Persevering image integrity was of utmost importance to Hanel. He noted, “Color finishing animation is more delicate than a photographed scene. I’m always mindful of not clipping or compromising the technical soundness of the image, while at the same time giving the material the desired look.”

While the main character’s green value was well dialed in, the rest of the color palette varied from scene to scene depending on the action and characters featured, with the aesthetic ranging from bright to dark and moody. Hanel concluded, “Working on ‘The Grinch’ was a fantastic collaboration; the incredible team from Illumination made a beautiful movie and I enjoyed giving it the final polish.”

For more information on “The Grinch,” visit: www.grinchmovie.com


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