Sep 21, 2018

EFILM Senior Colorist Mitch Paulson Helps Director Eli Roth Scare Up Family-Friendly Frights in ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’

Director's Chair by Deluxe: ELI ROTH (The House with a Clock in Its Walls)

Directed by horror virtuoso Eli Roth, fantasy adventure “The House with a Clock in its Walls” stars Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett as a pair of magically-inclined neighbors who, with the help of a young orphan, try to prevent an evil wizard from destroying the world. Based on the classic children’s book of the same name. the film from Amblin Entertainment follows the production company’s tradition of juxtaposing extraordinary events and unexpected places, with a nostalgia-evoking aesthetic. To create the film’s rich look, Roth reteamed with cinematographer Rogier Stoffers and EFILM senior colorist Mitch Paulson, having previously collaborated on 2018’s vigilante action thriller “Death Wish.”

Roth explained, “I wanted to go for a classic Amblin look. A mix between Amblin, Tim Burton, and Terry Gilliam. Rogier said, ‘we have to get Mitch and that he can really help give it the look that we want.’ We talk with Mitch and show him the references that we want.”

The project provided the unique opportunity for Roth to bring his trademark sense of mischief and fright to a children’s film. Keeping a younger audience in mind, Paulson found subtle ways to help Roth deliver scares, like making the antagonists’ eyes pop with a creepy white using rotoscope. In some instances, the color finish assisted in dialing back the scares, such as increasing the orange of pumpkin innards, which initially appeared too red and blood-like.

For Paulson, the project continued his long-standing creative relationship with Stoffers, dating back to 2013’s “The Vow.” Pauslon noted, “Rogier is an excellent cinematographer and collaborating with him is always a pleasure. The same goes for Eli; he had a very clear vision for the look but was also open to experimenting with different approaches. It was a very smooth process and the final result is quite visually striking.”

For more info, tickets, and showtimes visit: /www.housewithaclock.com/


Aug 29, 2018

EFILM Senior Colorist Mitch Paulson Infuses Historical Authenticity for Operation Finale

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ (MGM) razor-sharp thriller, Operation Finale, brings to life one of the most daring covert operations in modern history. Starring Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ex Machina) and Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List), the film vividly captures the ingenious and brilliantly executed mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust. Set in 1960, the film’s director, Chris Weitz, and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe turned to EFILM senior colorist Mitch Paulson to bring a subtle period, filmic feel to the feature.

“Chris and Javier had a clear vision for the look of the film from the start and it was a great collaboration in helping them realize that vision,” shared Paulson. “Together we chose a Kodak Vision LUT compilation to aesthetically match the tone of that era and gently heightening the color without going too far into saturation or contrast.”

Since the film was shot digitally with ARRI Alexa, the Kodak Vision LUT provided the basis for achieving the filmic quality reminiscent of that period – specifically establishing a yellower white point throughout. Paulson also pushed the reds of the Nazi colors, and created a warmer feel for scenes taking place in Israel. For the flashbacks, which are sometimes shown multiple times from different perspectives, Paulson created unique color looks to indicate to the audience whose memory they are viewing; Eichmann’s memories were only minimally different whereas Malkin’s memories have a blue emphasis.  

MGM’s Operation Finale stars Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz, Nick Kroll, Haley Lu Richardson, Joe Alwyn, Pepe Rapazote and Greta Scacchi. For more info, visit: https://operationfinalefilm.com/


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