Company 3, a Deluxe Creative Services company, recently handed dailies and color correction for the new James Bond feature, Spectre. Spectre, starring Daniel Craig as Bond, was directed by Sam Mendes and shot by Hoyte Van Hoytema, primarily on 35mm film, in locations throughout the world. Company 3 divided up the complex dailies scanning, grading and distribution on the feature between its London and Santa Monica, Calif. offices. Senior colorist Greg Fisher handled final color grading duties at Company 3 London.
Fisher worked with Van Hoytema and Mendes to build subtle differences into the looks of each of the movie’s many locations. The cinematographer made use of digital color grading, but always wanted to retain a photochemical feel.
During the U.K.-based portion of the shoot, the Company 3 London dailies team scanned and graded approximately 60,000 feet of film per six-day week, the resulting 70 hours of digital material shot on a blend of cameras, including the ARRI Alexa 65. When production moved to Mexico, Company 3’s Los Angeles dailies unit, scanned and sent 100 minutes of 2K scans back to London every day over Deluxe’s secure global network.
Deluxe sister companies, Rushes and Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema also shared in the post pipeline for Spectre, with Rushes providing motion graphics shots and Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema using its Direct to Debut platform to oversee all mastering, local versioning and delivery for the trailers and the global release.