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Framestore CFC Does Digital Intermediate for Enduring Love
"This was my first digital intermediate grade and it was a fantastic introduction to this new tool in filmmaking?I would really love to repeat the process?"
Haris Zambarloukos, Cinematographer
Enduring Love is a compelling new British drama, starring Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans. It is released in the UK on 26th November. Based on Ian McEwan's novel and written for the screen by talented playwright Joe Penhall, Enduring Love is beautifully filmed by Cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos, and masterfully directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes). The film was produced by Kevin Loader. Digital effects and the film's digital mastergrade were created by Framestore CFC.
The film opens as Joe (Daniel Craig) and Claire (Samantha Morton) are enjoying a picnic in a field an idyllic English pastoral setting of gently rolling hills and glorious sunshine. Almost immediately Joe finds himself involved in a desperate situation involving an out of control hot-air balloon. During the ensuing tragedy Joe encounters Jed (Rhys Ifans), a troubled young man whose interest in staying in touch with Joe moves swiftly from the slightly unnerving to something far darker. Low-key in its approach to its themes, Enduring Love is utterly compelling and distinctly disturbing.
This is not an effects movie quite the contrary - but the key opening sequence of the balloon accident required some digital elements to help fully convey the drama and desperation of the situation. VFX Supervisor Tim Webber attended the shoot, and the Framestore CFC team were anticipating some major VFX work on the sequence. In the event, the shoot conditions could not have been more favourable, and many of the necessary shots were captured in camera.
Sirio Quintavalle's Inferno work helped tidy up the balloon sequence, removing the rig elements, tyre tracks and so forth. In addition, he created a few balloon extensions in 2D, using a cheated perspective a considerable production cost saving over the 3D alternative. The very first shot of the balloon sweeping past the picnickers was also digitally tweaked for added dramatic effect, with the balloon being sped up slightly, while Craig and Morton's movements were kept at a natural rate.
Later in the film, supplemental rain elements were added to some shots, as well as a tricky clothing continuity fix. One final, unplanned job that Quintavalle was able to perform was the removal of a pair of amorous sheep from the background of an otherwise solemn scene.
The production's choice of a digital mastergrade was also influenced by the opening (and closing) sequences. Colourist Adam Glasman helped fine-tune the lush green fields in which the picnic takes place, as well as creating a more deep and vivid scarlet for the balloon. Over a month Glasman worked closely with Cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos to ensure that Enduring Love's finely judged modulations in colour were fully achieved. The film's look becomes increasingly saturated and darker as the film progresses, reflecting the peril that threatens to engulf the protagonists.
Visual Effects by Framestore CFC London
Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Webber
Visual Effects Producer Tim Keene
Visual Effects Compositor Sirio Quintavalle
Digital Paint Artist Bruce Nelson
Visual Effects Editorial Roz Lowrie, Michelle Camp
Digital Film Grade by Framestore CFC London
Colourist Adam Glasman
Digital Grading Assistant Doron Zar
Data Operators Dianne Gordon, Mike Morrison
Scanning, Recording & Digital Clean Up Matina Skouteri, Dan McRae, Aubrey Woodiwiss, Jonathan Dredge, Annabel Wright, Joe Godfrey, Kevin Lowery, Paul Doogan, Paola Varvaro
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