Jan 16, 2019

Deluxe’s EFILM and Coca-Cola Regal Films Support Independent and Emerging Filmmakers at Sundance 2019

EFILM, a division of Deluxe Entertainment Services, Inc, will be returning to the Sundance Film Festival in 2019 to once again support emerging creators at the premier event for independent filmmaking. A longtime provider of color finishing post-production for projects screening at the annual festival held in Park City, Utah, EFILM is proud to have supplied color services on four films in the 2019 festival line-up: “After the Wedding,” directed by Bart Freundlich, with Julio Macat serving as DP and EFILM’s Mitch Paulson as colorist; “Relive,” directed by Jacob Estes, with Sharone Meir serving as DP and EFILM’s Skip Kimball as colorist;  “To The Stars,” directed by Martha Stephens, with Andrew Reed serving as DP and EFILM’s Tom Reiser as colorist; and “Hala” directed by Minhal Baig with Benjamin Dell serving as DP.

Additionally, EFILM along with Coca-Cola Regal Films are co-hosting an event to celebrate the art of filmmaking and emerging storytellers at Sundance 2019. The event is an extension of EFILM’s on-going partnership with Coca-Cola Regal Films for their annual program that provides students from partnered film schools across the U.S. the opportunity to create a 30-second co-branded short film that highlights the magic of the movie-going experience. Finalists receive funding, mentorship, and resources from the program including color finishing services from EFILM.  The other program technical partners include RED Digital Cinema and ZEISS who provide equipment for production and prizes. The program grand prize winner will be announced at CinemaCon in April 2019 and their short film will be screened ahead of films at Regal theatres nationwide.

For more information about the Coca-Cola Regal Films program visit:

www.cocacolaregalfilms.com

For more information about Deluxe and EFILM visit:

www.efilm.com

www.bydeluxe.com


Jan 4, 2019

EFILM’s TOM REISER HELPS DELIVER DIFFERENT LOOKS FOR EACH ROOM IN COLUMBIA PICTURES’ ESCAPE ROOM

Columbia Pictures’ Escape Room is a new psychological thriller that follows six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and are forced to use their wits to find the clues or die. The film’s director, Adam Robitel, and cinematographer, Marc Spicer, tapped EFILM Senior Colorist Tom Reiser for the color finish.

Each room in the film is a world unto itself, replete with its own look, distinct environment, and feel, all of which translate into the color finish. Reiser essentially graded a series of mini movies that comprise a whole. Having collaborated on The Fate of the Furious, Spicer and Reiser enjoyed a creative short-hand and were in synergy throughout the color finish.   

“The most challenging aspect of the film was that each room required us to retain the same look, the same flavor, and make it cohesive throughout the scene. For example, there’s a room that appears to be in the snowy wilderness. I dialed up the blue-ice look to the point where it looks a bit artificial and made the snow overly white. This look had to remain consistent for entire long sequence. Additionally, these choices all serve the fact that we’re not really in the snow wilderness, we’re in an artificially created environment.” explains Reiser.

The film also makes striking use of the storytelling capabilities of High Dynamic Range. In the HDR Dolby Vision finish of the film, Reiser pushed the HDR during the sequence in which the characters experience the ‘first room’ of the movie, which is a lobby inside a building. Various surfaces and walls in the room literally heat up to make the characters uncomfortable during the sequence.

“With HDR, you can make contrast with the highlights that you can’t see anywhere else. You can actually see the rippling heat waves and the red of the heated surfaces really pops. It’s an almost immersive experience. Audiences are going to be blown away,” Reiser describes.

Directed by Adam Robitel, the screenplay is by Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik and the story by Bragi Schut. The film is produced by Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur. Rebecca Rivo serves as executive producer. The movie stars Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, with Yorick van Wageningen.

Escape Room is now playing in theaters nationwide. Visit https://www.escaperoom.movie/ for tickets.


SPOTLIGHTS ARCHIVE

  • DEC 18, 2018 - DELUXE POST-PRODUCTION ELEVATES CHRIS HOLT TO EVP GLOBAL OPERATIONS AND HIRES MARK SMIRNOFF AS EVP SALES
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    DEC 14, 2018 - EFILM’s NATASHA LEONNET HELPED PROVIDE COLOR FINISH TO SONY PICTURES’ SPIDER-MAN™: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
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    DEC 10, 2018 - Senior Colorist Walter Volpatto Joins EFILM
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    DEC 3, 2018 - EFILM Embarks on an Adventure in Whoville for Illumination’s “The Grinch”
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    NOV 28, 2018 - EFILM Steps Into The Ring For 'Creed II'
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  • OCT 17, 2018 - EFILM RE-TEAMS WITH OSCAR®-WINNING DIRECTOR DAMIEN CHAZELLE FOR UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ FIRST MAN
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    OCT 11, 2018 - Deluxe Unveils State-of-the-Art Color Grading Environment in Hollywood
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    SEP 25, 2018 - EFILM CELEBRATES 2018 FILM INDEPENDENT PROJECT INVOLVE FELLOWS
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    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’
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    AUG 29, 2018 - EFILM Senior Colorist Mitch Paulson Infuses Historical Authenticity for Operation Finale
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  • AUG 27, 2018 - Deluxe Congratulates TIFF 2018 Filmmakers
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    JUL 13, 2018 - Encore, EFILM and Deluxe Toronto Congratulate Talented Production Teams on 2018 Emmy Nominations
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    JUL 2, 2018 - EFilm Hosts Student Filmmakers from the Sundance Ignite Program
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    JUN 20, 2018 - EFILM and Encore saddle up for epic modern-Western series Yellowstone
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    JUN 4, 2018 - EFILM heads to Skywalker Ranch for Solo: A Star Wars Story
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  • JUN 1, 2018 - EFILM helps bring 80s sci-fi look to BH Tilt thriller Upgrade
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    MAY 29, 2018 - Cinematic Chaos: EFILM’s Skip Kimball Takes on Fox’s “Deadpool 2”
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    MAY 4, 2018 - EFILM Senior Colorist Natasha Leonnet Continues Longstanding Collaboration with Acclaimed Director Jason Reitman on New Comedy from Focus Features, Tully.
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    APR 14, 2018 - EFILM SUPPORTS YOUNG FILMMAKERS IN COCA-COLA AND REGAL FILMS PROGRAM
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    APR 4, 2018 - Skip Kimball Joins EFILM as Senior Colorist
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  • MAR 5, 2018 - Congratulations, Roger Deakins On Your Oscar Win!
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    JAN 23, 2018 - EFILM Congratulates Oscar Nominated Clients and Colleagues
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    JAN 9, 2018 - EFILM Colors Features, Documentaries, Shorts and Short-Form Series Eps for Sundance
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    DEC 21, 2017 - EFILM Delivers a World of Color for Blue Sky’s ‘Ferdinand’
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    NOV 20, 2017 - EFILM Hosts Sundance Institute with Rockin’ Party
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  • NOV 1, 2017 - Film Independent launches “Detail Oriented” with Mitch Paulson Q/A
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    OCT 25, 2017 - Joachim Zell Joins Cinematographers to Teach Filmmaking Master Class in Dubai
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    OCT 2, 2017 - Scaling the Color Challenges of The Mountain Between Us
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