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"The Campaign" Taps Sixteen19 NO-LA For Massive Dailies Project

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 Louisiana is proving a formidable alternative to left coast production. Shoot-friendly attributes ranging from spectacular locations to spacious sound stages, skilled crews, and outstanding local cuisine - not to mention a 35% production tax break - now resonate as extremely viable options to studio and indie shoots.  Louisiana has also attracted Sixteen19, a savvy, international post-production company, to provide expert dailies and related post services to productions with demanding schedules and technical needs. 

Case in point, "The Campaign." Starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two Southerners vying for a seat in congress, the comedy was directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Jon Poll.  Working with a tight shooting schedule, it was critical that digital dailies be processed quickly and efficiently.  Execs on location and, in LA, the DP and the editorial crew all needed immediate access to the fully color corrected dailies.  With a permanent office in New Orleans, a list of credits ranging from Black Swan to Salt and The Twilight Saga, and mobile dailies expertise, Sixteen19 was a spot-on choice for the assignment.

Top dailies specialist Kaitlyn Fox and assistant Luke Marlow began work in mid November in a custom Dailies Suite designed by company director of technology, Brandon Bussinger. "We were expecting two shipments of new footage each day," Fox says.  "The first mags were due to arrive around 2PM, the second batch in the evening when the day's shoot wrapped, and we anticipated two 6 or 7 hour shifts.  As is the case with many comedies, the amount of footage actually delivered far exceeded what was originally projected.  DP Jim Denault was shooting with two ARRI Alexa cameras and, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis were creating a tremendous amount of improv material," Fox explains.

A second dailies system and team were deployed by Sixteen19 once it became apparent that the project would be generating such a volume of footage.  Sixteen19's Olivier Girard joined the team directly from another dailies job. "I hit the ground running in early December," Girard says. "We set up the second dailies system, and on my first day, there were 27 mags ready for transfer!  Following an initial marathon, we organized an efficient three-shift tag team, and were ready for whatever came our way."

"At one point," Girard says, "we were transferring ARRIRAW, RED and even some iPhone footage, for crowd scenes that needed to look as though they were shot with cell phones. The director and DP decided to give it a try. Amazingly, that material turned out very well.   It was a highly effective creative idea."

Sixteen19 deployed a redundant backup system enabling the team to make multiple copies of all original material as a secure backup.  "We ultimately made three copies of all files for true redundancy. We were turning out deliverables in Avid DNX format for the editorial team and multiple QuickTime screening versions," Girard adds.  "We worked with the RAW footage in our Colorfront OSD system, and performed secondary color correction when necessary.

In addition to The Campaign, Sixteen19 also recently handled dailies in Shreveport for "The East," director Zal Batmanglij's upcoming indie thriller staring Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page.  DP Roman Vasyanov reports, "Sixteen19's Brandon Bussinger and Ben Baker were extremely helpful," Vasyanov says.  "We were shooting with a pair of ARRI Alexa digital cameras. When we discovered a dropped frame situation, Ben Baker and their Shreveport team resolved it quickly by tracing it back to a cable issue.  They were also great with last minute color changes, and in coming up with fast answers to other technical questions. They're total pros who take a personal interest in their work. I look forward to working with them again soon." 


  Sixteen19 is a post-production services company with offices at 1619 Broadway, NYC and divisions in New Orleans; L.A. and London.  The firm specializes in DI, color correction, editing and finishing and on & near set services. The NYC complex features 15 spacious Avid editing suites, color correct theater/ screening rooms, digital dailies, file transcode/encode and workflow management.  Contact: 212-245-1402




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