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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