The 30th Goya® Awards presented in Madrid this month, honoured Spain’s best films of 2015.
Mistika-related projects, post-produced by SGO customers El Colorado, Free Your Mind and Next Lab & New Media were deservedly acknowledged with four prestigious Goya® Awards. Fourteen nominations also went to Antaviana Films, El Colorado and Free Your Mind. SGO congratulates its customers for their outstanding use of Mistika and highly-respected accolades.
“Mistika is a Massive Benefit to any Business”
Adam Scott, General Manager, Spectrum Films, Sydney, Australia
“It’s an exciting time in our industry. It’s about being more efficient with what you have, there are no longer boundaries – the bricks and mortar post facility model might change completely. That’s why Mistika’s flexibility fits in with this model perfectly.”
Adam Scott, GM, Spectrum Films
4K and HDR are still hot topics in the industry. SGO and Canon have invited two exceptional guests to share their thoughts, insight and experience working with 4K and HDR, at the Academia de Cine in Madrid on the 3rd of December, 2015.
Juan Ignacio Cabrera, Colourist and Stereo 3D Supervisor at Bad Robot, will speak about high-end productions complex workflows. Juan, who has been involved in projects such as Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Star Trek into Darkness, will share his experience working at J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot using Mistika. Juan highlights that “its versatility to work in non-destructive complex workflows, where you work with raw colour and decisions are made using reversible documents preserving metadata that allow to make pertinent changes without quality loss”.
Sebastien Devaud, Director and Producer at BigSensor Films, will talk about a number of different topics including 4K shootings, using real world examples taken from his professional experience.
3Dday’s philosophy continues to be offering a networking event for professionals to discuss latest industry trends. In line with this, after the conference, SGO and Canon will host the #3Dday party at Moby Dick club. This years attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in a raffle, to be in with a chance of winning a Canon XC10 videocamera and SGO’s Mamba FX compositing software license. Make sure you bring your business card with you!
RSVP by confirming your attendance to the conference and party here: http://3dday.eventzilla.net
Make sure you register before the deadline as seats are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Conference: 4K and HDR workflows . Academia de Cine, Calle Zurbano 3, Madrid
10.30 Sebastien Devaud, Director and Producer, Bigsensor Films
11.30 Coffee Break
12.00 Juan Ignacio Cabrera, Colourist and Stereo 3D Supervisor, Bad Robot
3Dday Party: Sala Moby Dick, Av. de Brasil 5, Madrid
20.00 3Dday Party begins! Expect drinks, food, a few surprises, and the chance of taking home a fantastic Canon XC10 videocamera and SGO’s Mamba FX compositing software license.
Mistika’s Ground-Breaking HDR Technology is in the Japanese Spotlight.
SGO’s Japanese Reseller Partner KYOSHIN Communications showcases the performance-leading Mistika colour-finishing post production system again at this year’s InterBEE from 18 – 20 November in Tokyo.
On KYOSHIN’s Booth (4201, Hall 4), two state-of-the-art Mistika systems will be on display to demonstrate stunning HDR 4K 60P content on Canon and SONY monitors. SKY Perfect TV’s HDR test broadcasting programme will also be seen for the first time on the eye-catching 24-inch 4K Canon monitor with a Hybrid Log Gamma. With a secure foothold in the Japanese market, SGO already has important customers in Japan who rely on its innovative Mistika technology, one of them being Tokyo Sound Production (TSP), who have already started to provide HDR 4K / 8K delivery services. Most of the HDR content featured on KYOSHIN’s booth is courtesy of TSP which recently invested in a Mistika system to boost their broadcast services. SGO’s Product Application Specialist Nicholas Recagno will present informative HDR grading demos and Japanese Product Specialist Shinpei Takoshima will outline the efficient and flexible offline-to-online post production process using Mistika.
Also new this InterBEE: – KYOSHIN and SGO are partnering with Canon to display its pioneering advancements in HDR technology. A Mistika system will be on Canon’s Booth 6123 in Hall 6 with Product Application Specialist – SGO Korea, Jihyung Kang, at the controls to show how it plays an integral part of an end-to-end HDR-4K colour-process workflow.
Mistika is a complete post solution, seamlessly integrating colour-finishing, compositing and delivery on one single system. It is also resolution, colour-space and frame-rate independent featuring real-time performance, even at 4K / 8K 60P and above. Mistika can post produce any project, including 4K and 8K, whether it is for broadcast, cinema or commercials, pretty fast and all in real-time. Latest developments on show in Mistika include leading colour grading features to make the most out of HDR images, linked to the stylish Mistika Precision finishing control surface. An entirely new media management sub-system with new features that allow transparent migration between colour spaces.
KYOSHIN’s President Shigeru Ojima states, “InterBEE is an ideal platform to promote Mistika’s powerful capabilities. Many post facilities in Japan are looking to SGO’s Mistika to support their current and upcoming projects to provide consistency with higher-resolution formats being adopted for production, broadcast and display technology. In addition, with the Japanese government encouraging 4K and 8K investments in the domestic retail sector in time for the future Olympic Games, we are in a great position to be able to confidently equip our customers to meet their clientèle’s expectations with Mistika’s unprecedented 4K abilities.”
SGO Group’s Director of Global Sales and Operations Geoff Mills, who will be at the event states, “KYOSHIN are doing an incredible job at raising awareness of Mistika in the Japanese market, ensuring that customers are future-ready, and especially as excitement grows as we head towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic year. Our presence, in partnership with KYOSHIN at InterBEE2015, gives industry professionals a chance to see how investing in SGO’s future-proof technology brings immense value, by providing a huge competitive edge.”
Visit the KYOSHIN Booth and see Mistika in action. Advanced bookings for Mistika demonstrations can be made by contacting SGO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KYOSHIN and the SGO team look forward to seeing you in Tokyo! Visitors can register for the show at http://www.inter-bee.com/en
Studio purchases six finishing and grading systems as part of its multi-million dollar expansion.
World Première in Official Selection of the Berlin International Film Festival 2015
Wim Wenders’ production company Neue Road Movies entrusted online artist Christian Tröger and SGO’s Mistika at ARRI Mitte to complete the post production of “Every Thing Will Be Fine”.
The film celebrates its World Première in the Official Selection at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival this week. It was produced by Gian-Piero Ringel with DoP Benoît Debie, and director of stereography, Joséphine Derobe. Director Wim Wenders was also nominated for three Oscar© Awards for Buena Vista Social Club, PINA and The Salt of the Earth.
Christian Tröger is a key member of the creative team at ARRI Mitte’s state-of-the-art facility, in the heart of Berlin. He chose Mistika to perform the online, conform, depth grading, finishing and subtitling in the film. The solid relationship that exists between Neue Road Movies and the team at ARRI Mitte dates back to 2008, when they worked together on high-profile films such as Palermo Shooting, PINA, and most recently, all six episodes of Cathedrals of Culture.
“Mistika has established a successful track record which has made a lasting impression on our clients. The system played a central role in the post production of many complex film projects, and always served as the main hub for each department. Aware of how incredibly reliable and powerful the Mistika is from previous experience, it was great when Neue Road Movies approached us to do it all over again for “Every Thing Will Be Fine”, notes Christian.
“Mistika was an asset at every stage of the project. It handled the native camera formats and was involved in overcoming challenges throughout the entire post process for the 2K-S3D delivery.” Christian reflects. “Mistika’s efficiency and speed enabled the team at ARRI Mitte to expediently execute the depth-grade at the same time as the colour grade, in two separate suites and dedicated artists. This also had a unifying effect by including the DoP, Director and Stereographer into the post production process and enabling the completion of the project’s final stages to take place collaboratively.”
Synergy of A Perfect Timeline in a Mistika-Centred Workflow
Christian briefly describes the harmonious workflow process at ARRI Mitte and how it helped to bring about a productive outcome, “Our Mistika-driven workflow ensured that the online and conform always led to a perfect stereo timeline which only ever required touching-up colour grading-wise, for the final look. The shared pipeline also catered for the VFX department that required perfectly aligned images for precise tracking and roto-scoping tasks. It meant that right from the start, the colorist’s source files were adjusted and received directly from the Mistika timelines.”
Christian adds further, “Step-by-step, the final depth-graded version took form within a 2K-framed scope 16bit file. Mistika perfectly stereo-matched the left and right eye images that were made at earlier stages of the two symbiotic grading sessions. The synergy between the colour and depth grading suites are now part of the standard procedure at ARRI Mitte, owing to Mistika’s unique capabilities and polished toolset. We have a streamlined process in place here now which is a time-efficient way to work.”
The Finer Details in Clever Subtitling Techniques
During two weeks of grading, the subtitle versions were then prepared over various shifts in a dedicated Mistika timeline created by using the DCI XMLs. Oscar award-winning director Wim Wenders and stereographer Josephine Derobe were eager to present the subtitled version of the film to the festival in a more creative way. They wanted the subtitles to appear outside of the film’s frame. Although it is not a convenient design for distribution purposes, they knew it would work well for a première.
Christian explains how they designed it, “We conducted a few tests to set-up a scope picture inside a flat DCP, but with very low luminance and within the “letterbox” shape of the film frame itself.” He continues, “Darkening the images helped to eliminate “ghosting” and we kept the image as clean as when it had first originally been shot by the DoP. I then finished the scope and continued working with the finals in the prepared subtitle environment, which retained all the metadata, leading to a flat derivative with subs. We then spent an additional session concentrating fully on defining the detailed depth of each sub for the final stereoscopic version. This formed the foundation template from which all of the other language versions were to proceed from later on.”
Mistika’s Interactivity Made “On-Demand Screening” a Breeze
Another great advantage of having Mistika on board was that both the director and stereographer could quite comfortably focus on their own specific areas at their own convenience. Mistika’s immediacy, speed and real-time capacity, along with its batch render, played a crucial role in making this a reality.
“It literally took us a matter of minutes to combine their respective depth and colour grading work for prompt viewing on a big screen at our in-house theatre.” Christian reveals. “We called them “On-Demand Screening Sessions” and they were designed to be delivered on impulse and as often as the client required for their visual ease which Mistika smoothly facilitated.”
Christian expands, “It was a great opportunity for our clients to address and analyse various elements in the dedicated sessions, and always in regard of one another. They were able to see what a decision about contrasts in the colour-timing session would look like, for example, combined with a certain depth budget defined at the same time in the other suite. Another illustration was how the VFX and depth of a certain scene would come across with a different look, and so forth. This coefficient workflow was down to Mistika’s flexibility and would not have been possible if the software was not able to connect openly with our existing technology and communication modes that most modern post facilities like ours comes with.”
Stereographer Joséphine Derobe says, “As a stereographer, I have worked with a variety of companies in Europe that use Mistika. I believe in SGO’s remarkable technology and admire its accuracy, versatility and beautiful toolset, that provides me with a plethora of options to choose from in order to deliver a truly great picture with sheen, even after filming has taken place.”
Christian and the team at ARRI Mitte achieved exceptionally high quality results and met the tight deadlines and high-level demands with coordinated professionalism that an international feature film involves. Christian closes with the following statement, “As a Mistika operator, I have the confidence that I can deliver uncompromising image quality perfection of the highest standards to our clients – producers and creatives on all of our projects. I can therefore conclude by echoing this specific film title, that “Everything Was Absolutely Fine with Mistika at ARRI Mitte” and the production team was very pleased with the results.”
“Every Thing Will Be Fine” is based on a script written by Bjørn Olaf Johannessen, which portrays a traumatised writer’s life-changing struggle to make sense of what happened after accidentally running over and killing a child. It will be released in cinema theatres on 2nd April 2015.
SOME OF THE CREDITS INCLUDE
Post Production System and Technology – SGO’s Mistika
Post Production Facility – ARRI Mitte Berlin
Online Editor – Christian Troeger
Cast: James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Marie-Josée Croze
Director: Wim Wenders
Script: Bjørn Olaf Johannessen
Producer: Gian-Piero Ringel
Director of Photography: Benoît Debie
Stereographer: Joséphine Derobe
Music: Alexandre Desplat
3D Producer: Erwin M. Schmidt
World Sales: HanWay Films
Release Date – 2 April 2015 distributed by Warner Bros.
ABOUT ARRI MITTE
Arri Film & TV Services Berlin GmbH, Auguststr. 48, 10119 Berlin , Phone +49 30 726267-150
Visit them at http://www.arrimitte.de/en/
ABOUT NEUE ROAD MOVIES
Berlin based independent production company NEUE ROAD MOVIES was established in 2008 by director/producer Wim Wenders and producer Gian-Piero Ringel. The company is dedicated to working with innovative directors and focuses on international co-productions with a crossover potential. The producers in the company are Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel. They are supported by Martina Hedwig, Bernadette Kamp and Christine Rennert.
Contact: Neue Road Movies GmbH, Saarbrücker Straße 24, D-10405 Berlin, fon: +49 30 8145293 50; fax: +49 30 8145293 75
Visit them at www.neueroadmovies.com
Booth 8B 09, 21– 24 August 2013 – The China International Exhibition Centre (CIEC), Beijing
SGO presents its flagship product Mistika at China’s major broadcasting industry trade show, BIRTV again this year.
23-26 July 2013, Booth F27 – Sydney Exhibition Centre.
SGO’s Australasian Reseller Mojo Media Solutions will be showcasing Mistika’s impressive capabilities at their booth F27 at SMPTE – the premier event for the motion imaging and television engineering industries in the Australasian region.
12 – 13 June 2013, Walqa technology Park, Huesca, Spain
Miguel talks about all things Stereo 3D at TECSMEDIA this year
23 May 2013, Madrid, Spain – SGO’s CEO Miguel Angel Doncel has been invited to speak about the exciting topic of Stereo 3D post production at the second TECSMEDIA Conference hosted by the Aragon Technology Institute (ITA).
“Mistika has opened up an entirely new world of workflow efficiency and quality control to us by bringing high-end finishing capabilities inside our facility.”
Star Date: Madrid, Thursday 30th May 2013, 10.15 am