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Double Negative Unifies Grading With FilmLights Baselight

Latest company to invest in its Baselight grading and finishing system (March 22, 2005)

FilmLight, a world-leading pioneer of digital film technology, is pleased to announce that premier London visual effects facility, Double Negative, is the latest company to invest in its Baselight grading and finishing system. Installed to centralise the grading of visual effects shots within the facility, Double Negatives Baselight has so been used on an impressive number of upcoming high-profile releases, including Batman Begins, Doom, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Kingdom of Heaven, Pride & Prejudice and Sahara.

?We have been looking for the right tool for a while to centralise the process so that everything after scanning uses one person in one place giving us greater consistency and saving time and money, says CEO, Matt Holben. ?Previously, wed been doing the VFX grading on our jobs on individual Shake workstations, which wasnt ideal as it took time and it was a duplication of effort and so Baselight has provided us with the perfect solution.

Double Negative will typically perform a basic primary grade before commencing visual effects work, with the DoP or Director providing a match clip or guidelines on the mood. This simplicity often allows them to speed the process up even further, sending shots to the Shake operators directly after scanning, grading the material on Baselight, then simply plugging the exposure numbers into the Shake tree afterwards using the Baselight plug-in for Shake. ?That means our artists can start working on shots as soon as they hit the server, which saves us even more time on a production, says Andy Hague, Head of VFX Editorial.

The company is also using Baselight to drive a digital dailies system. First pass grades are processed via its Truelight colour management system, which can then be viewed in a number of ways, depending on the productions wishes.

?Baselight has streamlined the way that we handle our effects grading within the facility, says Holben. ?Centralising all our issues in that area on a machine designed for the job has provided us with substantial economies in labour alone. And Filmlight is a good company to deal with. They just get it; they understand colour and the effects business, and thats what we need.

About FilmLight Ltd
Film Light was established to develop an integrated digital film mastering process by providing the worlds highest quality digital film scanning, grading and colour management techniques. The FilmLight team has been pioneering digital film techniques for nearly 20 years enabling it to offer unsurpassed industry knowledge. The companys clients for its pioneering Northlight, Baselight and Truelight digital film technology include Cinesite, ILM, Éclair, Rhythm & Hues, Pacific Title, FotoKem, Framestore-CFC, Matchframe and The Moving Picture Company. FilmLight has offices in London, Los Angeles and New Zealand.

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