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Digital Jungle Leverages da Vinci 2K Plus

For "Riding the Crazy Train," "Angels With Angles" (March 20, 2006)

Digital Jungle Post Production recently used its new da Vinci 2K PlusT image enhancement system to finish the films "Riding the Crazy Train" and "Angels With Angles." Used in conjunction with a Cineglyph HD telecine from DAV (Digital Audio & Video), the 2K Plus' robust feature set allowed Digital Jungle to overcome the challenge of consistent color enhancement across varied lighting and weather conditions.

Winner of Best Short Film Documentary at the Maui Film Festival, "Riding the Crazy Train" features big-wave surfers Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Darrick Doerner, and others. The film was shot on 35mm, Super 16mm, and 720p DVCPro during the notably wave-intense winters of 2004 and 2005. Footage was transferred to HD 23.98sF at Digital Jungle's state-of-the-art facilities.

With its flat fields of sky and foam-tipped blue-green water, the surf footage was unforgiving of any shading discrepancies in the telecine or film, but Digital Jungle's unique setup with the 2K Plus enabled very exacting scene-to-scene shading adjustments. The 2K Plus controlled the Cineglyph's internal film grain reducer to better match the grain of the Super 16mm and 35mm footage and was also used for final tape-to-tape color enhancement. Scenes shot under all kinds of weather and lighting conditions called for the use of many dissolves, secondary color corrections, and white compression to make the scenes match and each look their best. The 2K Plus' Power Windows were used on interview shots to enhance the mood and emphasize the facial features of the surfers.

Nearly half of the footage of "Angels With Angles" was green-screen material because many key characters -- including W.C. Fields, Jack Benny, Elvis Presley, and George Burns -- were angels who appear, disappear, glow, and sparkle as they interact with the other actors in the movie. Originally shot on 35mm by producer and director Scott Lane in 1997, the feature's footage was posted in HD 23.98sF and output to film. Digital Jungle transferred the dailies, designed the visual effects, and performed all the HD compositing, assembly, and final color correction.

By using the 2K Plus' highlight function in conjunction with the Cineglyph's internal secondaries and grain reducer, colorists could preview how cleanly the green screen would key around the actors, thereby identifying the best settings for the secondary qualifiers. To match the vision of the film's director of photography, Holly Fink, senior colorist Greg Hamlin created a warm golden tonality for scenes taking place in Cuba while imparting a slightly cool-blue feel for the heaven scenes. He also used Power Windows to fix distracting elements and to fine-tune the exposure or color of the elements for a more natural-looking light.

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