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Dredd 3D Graded on Nucoda Film Master

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Karl Urban stars as Judge Dredd in Dredd 3D. (Photo by Joe Alblas).

Berlin-based postproduction facility The Post Republic recently graded DNA Films’ sci-fi thriller Dredd 3D (a remake of the 1995 Sylvester Stallone film Judge Dredd), using Digital Vision’s Nucoda Film Master.

Filmed on location in Cape Town, SA by DOP Anthony Dodd Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) Dredd 3D was shot on pairs of Red MX cameras across three rigs and SI-2Ks on a Steadicam rig, all supplied by 3D experts Paradise FX Europe. The shots were matched via a custom made color matrix as part of Post Republic and Prime Focus’ on-set digital lab process. Prime Focus provided all the VFX, working closely with The Post Republic throughout the postproduction process.

The feature was graded on Nucoda Film Master by colorist Adam Inglis in 2D on the right eye assisted by Dirk Meier. The 2D grade was then eye matched by Meier with the help of Prime Focus’ VFX department. Inglis then completed an overall 3D pass. “The main emphasis on the brief was to make the film look visually strong, unique and colorful,” said Inglis. “Anthony didn’t want to go for a traditional steely-blue sci-fi grade. Dredd has a very gritty tone so we avoided a look that was too clean, sharp or polished.”

“When it comes to the grading tools I like to keep things as simple as possible particularly on complex projects like this one,” he added. “We went extreme on some brief scenes such as the CCTV screens and emergency lighting where we played with Nucoda’s color mixer to achieve a result completely different from the source material. We also used the system’s DVO grain tool quite frequently to match the camera textures together and to slightly break up the Red material. The main challenge was the sheer variety of material we were weaving together – different cameras, full CGI shots, special subjective VFX worlds, etc. The whole film pretty much takes place over a day or so and in very few locations so it was about keeping a consistent and coherent look and feel whilst also finding a suitable rhythm of variation.”

According to Digital Vision president Kelvin Bolah, “When it comes to stereoscopic 3D work, Nucoda’s stereo workflow includes complete control over the monitoring of tracks. Assignable left, right and mono tracks allow stereo compositing and flexible monitoring options to ensure the user only sees what he needs to.”

At IBC Digital Vision unveiled Nucoda 2012.1, which includes a new, automated S3D Color and Align tool allowing the colorist to automatically match 3D cameras using advanced geometry technology providing morphing and color matching capabilities.

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