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Hollywood's Chainsaw Adds Second BaselightNew grading system integrated into a file-based (Avid(r) and FCP) workflow for television and features. (September 12, 2010)
To operate the new Baselight system, Chainsaw has hired colourist Kris Santa Cruz. Formerly of Prime Focus (Post Logic Studios), Hollywood, Santa Cruz had been working at Chainsaw on a freelance basis for several months and has numerous credits in television and independent film. Santa Cruz has already used Baselight to grade a project for the Hallmark Channel and will soon begin work on Sarah Palin's Alaska, a new series from Mark Burnett Productions for TLC.
The system will help Chainsaw keep pace with a workload that is both growing and diversifying. "Chainsaw's client base is broader today than it has been in the past; we are doing more long-form television and independent features," noted Christina Ferreira, the company's newly-appointed Vice President of Sales. "Baselight is important to our ability to service many different types of projects because it offers so many options. With Baselight, we can do anything."
Baselight has been integrated into Chainsaw's file-based workflow, one of the most sophisticated in Hollywood, allowing it to share access to data with the facility's many creative editorial and editorial finishing suites (composed of both Avid and Final Cut Pro(r) systems). The company's original Baselight is similarly integrated into the workflow and has been a great success, forming part of a complete post-production solution that provides significant time and cost savings and greatly enhanced creative flexibility over conventional post workflows.
Having two Baselight systems will give Chainsaw further creative and logistical flexibility. "The two rooms are identically configured and interconnected, so if one room is busy, we can pull a file or a session into the other room and continue working without skipping a beat," mentioned Santa Cruz. "It helps us meet deadlines and provide the type of high-quality service our clients expect."
Chainsaw partners Bill DeRonde and Mike Polito recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Special (Single or Multi-Camera) for the HBO special The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert. Final grading for that project was done on Baselight at Chainsaw by colourist Andy Lichtstein.
Chainsaw operates a state-of-the-art HD post production facility in Hollywood, providing editorial services from concept through completion. Emmy Award-winning editors Bill DeRonde and Mike Polito have used their years of hands-on experience to build a post facility that gives editors what they need to give clients what they want. From American Idol to the Academy Awards, Chainsaw has been helping producers for more than 11 years. For more information, visit www.chainsawedit.com.
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