Nov 12, 2019

EFILM Senior Colorist Walter Volpatto Enhances Historical Heft of “Midway”

“Midway” recounts the epic naval clash between American and Japanese forces that marked a turning point in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the action-packed feature is based on real-life events, paying homage to the pilots, leaders and sailors, and their bravery. Emmerich and Cinematographer Robby Baumgartner turned to EFILM Senior Colorist Walter Volpatto to ensure that the film’s live-action and CG-enhanced elements seamlessly flowed together as well as add 40s-era flair through digital grain.

The film marked the third collaboration for Emmerich and Volpatto, having previously teamed on “Stonewall” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Volpatto noted, “Clear communication is extremely important when discussing the nuances of color. Roland and I have a great mutual understanding of what’s expected and he’s fantastic in being specific about what he wants to achieve, which makes it that much easier to help bring his vision to the screen.”

Considering the historical nature of “Midway,” the filmmakers wanted to be faithful to true events of the battle and accurately reflect the time period. Using Panavision’s DXL2 and RED cameras allowed them to capture difficult shots, such as scenes in the tight quarters of a real submarine with low lighting. The cameras’ 8K canvas provided generous margins to reframe shots, if needed; Volpatto was able to capitalize on the cameras’ high detail output in executing the color grade. He also leveraged Blackmagic Da Vinci Resolve for a flexible workflow that allowed him to easily integrate hundreds of visual effects shots and handled multiple deliverables, including international and domestic, HDR and SDR, and theatrical and home video.  

“Midway” released in theaters on November 8, 2019. For details, visit: //www.lionsgatepublicity.com/theatrical/midway/


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