Dec 25, 2019

EFILM’s Natasha Leonnet Colors Blue Sky Studios’ “Spies In Disguise”

“Spies in Disguise” from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky ...follows super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is…not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo is forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic…pigeon. Walter and Lance suddenly have to work as a team, or the whole world is in peril. The animated comedy marks over ten collaborations for EFILM Senior Colorist Natasha Leonnet with Blue Sky Studios, having previously handled the color finishing for Oscar®-nominated “Ferdinand,” “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” and “Ice Age: Collision Course.”

 

“The aesthetic of this film introduces a style unlike previous Blue Sky films; the color palette is used this time to strongly differentiate between good and dangerous characters,” described Leonnet. “We gave the environment surrounding the good characters a cyan tint, while the orld features more red. Cyan and red, which are opposites as it relates to the composition of light, and it worked thematically. If you subtract cyan, you get red, and if you subtract red, you get cyan.”

 

Leonnet collaborated with directors Troy Quane and Nick Bruno out of EFILM’s Hollywood post production facility. She concluded, “It was an honor to contribute to this film and a joy to work on. Nick and Troy are incredible comedic talents and have amazing eyes for color. One of my favorite notes was that was the first scene needs to feel like a hug, so we made the color really warm. They really put their heart and soul into this film, and I think it shows.”

 

For more information, tickets, and showtimes visit: https://family.foxmovies.com/movies/spies-in-disguise


Dec 13, 2019

EFILM’s Mitch Paulson Ventures Beyond the Jungle in “Jumanji: The Next Level”

The gang is back but the game has changed in “Jumanji: The Next Level” from Columbia Pictures. A follow up to 2017 box office juggernaut “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” this outing finds the players on a journey into parts unknown and unexplored – from arid deserts to snow mountains – in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game. Director Jake Kasdan and Cinematographer Gyula Pados, HSC, tapped EFILM Senior Colorist Mitch Paulson to handle color finishing on the film, which including 2D, 3D, SDR theatrical, Dolby Cinema theatrical, Dolby Vision home video, and ScreenX multi-projection format deliverables.

“The filmmakers wanted to make sure the jungle felt familiar, but beyond that we were able to create unique looks for the new environments,” described Paulson. “The look is very colorful as Gyula likes a lot of color contrast – a warm scene for example with blue lights in the background of shop fronts. This makes it always feel like there’s separation in the image and not a wash of color.”

During filming, a Kodak Vision LUT created by Paulson was used to help establish the base look, with EC3 Colorist Mark Lulkin handling the dailies on set. Paulson had previously worked with Pados on “Maze Runner: Scorched Trials,” which allowed the pair to quickly pick up their creative shorthand. For the final finish, they worked together out of a DI theater on the Sony Entertainment lot in Culver City, with Kasdan joining for occasional sessions. The Dolby Cinema and 3D passes were done at Deluxe’s Stage One state-of-the-art color grading environment in Hollywood to provide optimal viewing of the advanced formats.

“There are a few thousand visual effects elements in the movie and it was quite the process keeping on top of all the versions dropping in and maintaining a seamless look. In many cases I individually adjusted the various mattes to blend elements within the shot and even keyframe animated a few clouds to help everything line up just right,” explained Paulson. “Filming in Hawaii also came with challenges. The sun can change significantly from one shot to the next so I had ensure continuity throughout in the color finish.”

For more information, showtimes, and tickets please visit: https://www.sonypictures.com/movies/jumanjithenextlevel


SPOTLIGHTS ARCHIVE

  • DEC 12, 2019 - Deluxe at Sundance 2020
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    NOV 27, 2019 - EFILM’s Natasha Leonnet Brings Suspenseful Color to Facebook Watch Series “Limetown”
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    NOV 25, 2019 - Deluxe New York’s Sam Daley Brings Colorful Contrast to “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
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    NOV 22, 2019 - EFILM’s Natasha Leonnet Honored with 2019 HPA Award for Outstanding Color Grading on “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
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    NOV 15, 2019 - EFILM’s Skip Kimball Infuses Vivid “Ford v Ferrari” Look in Subtle Nostalgia
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  • NOV 12, 2019 - EFILM Senior Colorist Walter Volpatto Enhances Historical Heft of “Midway”
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    NOV 8, 2019 - EFILM’s Jason Hanel Brings Lively Color to “Green Eggs and Ham”
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    NOV 4, 2019 - EFILM’s Tony Dustin Re-Teams with Cinematographer John Toll, ASC, on “Harriet”
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    OCT 16, 2019 - EFILM Celebrates Film Independent's 2019 Project Involve Fellows
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    OCT 11, 2019 - EFILM’s Mitch Paulson Joins “The Addams Family”
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  • OCT 1, 2019 - Congrats to the 2019 HPA Award Nominees from EFILM, Deluxe Toronto, and Encore VFX
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    SEP 20, 2019 - Deluxe Explores New Frontiers with James Gray’s “Ad Astra”
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    SEP 19, 2019 - “It Chapter Two” Post Services Handled by Deluxe
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    SEP 13, 2019 - EFILM’s Walter Volpatto Enhances Bold Filmic Look for ‘Hustlers’
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    AUG 23, 2019 - EFILM’s Natasha Leonnet Keeps Colors Vibrant in “The Angry Birds Movie 2”
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  • AUG 15, 2019 - Deluxe at TIFF 2019
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    JUL 18, 2019 - EFILM’s Skip Kimball Brings New Vibrancy to Netflix’s “Stranger Things 3”
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    JUN 13, 2019 - EFILM SUPPORTS FILMMAKER BOB TALBOT’S BEING DOLPHIN 4D
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    JUN 12, 2019 - EFILM Colorist Jason Hanel Reteams with Illumination for ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’
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    JUN 7, 2019 - EFILM's Mitch Paulson Re-Teams With Ava Duvernay For Netflix’s “When They See Us”
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  • MAY 28, 2019 - EFILM’S MITCH PAULSON COLORS SUPERHERO HORROR FILM ‘BRIGHTBURN’
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    MAY 24, 2019 - Efilm’s Skip Kimball Accentuates Noir Vibes For ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’
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    MAY 9, 2019 - EFILM Welcomes Senior Colorist Tony Dustin
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    APR 9, 2019 - EFILM’s MITCH PAULSON DRAWS OUT DETAILS FROM THE SHADOWS FOR ‘PET SEMATARY’
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    FEB 14, 2019 - EFILM’s SKIP KIMBALL HELPS REALIZE THE VISUALLY COMPLEX WORLD OF FOX’S ‘ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL’
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  • JAN 16, 2019 - Deluxe’s EFILM and Coca-Cola Regal Films Support Independent and Emerging Filmmakers at Sundance 2019
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    JAN 4, 2019 - EFILM’s TOM REISER HELPS DELIVER DIFFERENT LOOKS FOR EACH ROOM IN COLUMBIA PICTURES’ ESCAPE ROOM
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    DEC 18, 2018 - DELUXE POST-PRODUCTION ELEVATES CHRIS HOLT TO EVP GLOBAL OPERATIONS AND HIRES MARK SMIRNOFF AS EVP SALES
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