New Zealand-based postproduction company Park Road Post recently relied on SGO‘s Mistika for the DI and stereo 3D postproduction of Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, which included color grading, conforming, convergence adjustments and hand-offs between shots.
A real highlight of the post process was that the filmmakers were able to offer approvals remotely. Mistika’s role was an important one, as speed was a crucial factor in making the approval process work fluidly, no matter where the filmmakers were in the world. The ability to output ongoing and work-in-progress versions of the film easily and quickly, without actually slowing or stalling the DI process, was key.
“The open structure of the Mistika platform, the speed of its toolset and SAN-based workflow meant that we could be working on shots as soon as they were handed over from Weta Digital and have the 2D and 3D grades working concurrently,” said Park Road head of picture and senior colorist, David Hollingsworth. “The flexibility of the system also meant that I could be grading while senior online editor, Rob Gordon could be conforming new shots into to the cut, and at the same time, stereoscopic artist, Meetal Gokul could continue the convergence hand-offs and other stereo work. All of this happened as we were outputting works in progress for the director’s approval overseas. I don’t see how any other single-solution DI system could have allowed us such speed and flexibility.”
“High quality postproduction is indispensable and a vital component for the final outcome. Park Road Post and Weta Digital have been investing and leading in the latest technology, and never compromise when it comes to the finest quality stereo 3D and DI. They certainly deliver outstanding 3D films that will be portrayed as major milestones in the history of filmmaking,” said Miguel Angel Doncel, CEO of SGO.
Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, the film is based on the series of books The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé. It is produced by Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, with Ken Kamins, Hergé Estate’s Nick Rodwell and Stephane Sperry as executive producers.