StartUp, the Florida-set series, distributed by Sony’s streaming service Crackle in the US and Amazon Prime Video in Europe and Japan is not the mellow tech-industry satire one might expect when hearing its title for the first time. It is a fierce thriller set in the fuzzy world of cryptocurrencies and the dark web.
LightBender, a boutique-size finishing facility in Santa Monica created Startup’s final look, ensuring the show’s murky crime revealed it’s true colors. “We took care of conform, VFX plates, SDR & HDR color grading, marketing materials, mastering and final deliverables. All of it completed in SGO’s post-production hero suite Mistika Ultima,” told Juan Ignacio Cabrera, lead colorist and founder of LightBender.
Cabrera worked on the Startup series together with two assistant colorists Fran Lorite and Álvaro Barrasa.
Third season of Startup on its way, this time shot in 8K!
An extremely tight schedule was one of the biggest challenges Cabrera, Barrasa, and Lorite faced while color grading the Startup series. “Delivering a quality show without any major issues in three different delivery versions was quite demanding, so having the best possible toolset was essential; It allowed us to be as efficient as humanly possible.”
LightBender had to deliver the UHDTV version first, so the workflow was designed to be UHDTV native from beginning to end. “That requires a lot of bandwidth and we were working on multiple systems simultaneously. Luckily, we have SGO’s Open Storage solution which enabled a centralized working environment with all the machines running at the same time and over the same project seamlessly.”
The original shooting resolution was another of the project’s complexities. “We were working with 6K RED files and needed to create an HDR delivery, so we decided to unify everything to UHD EXR-16 image sequences, keeping all the TC information, tape names and other information to allow a quick re-conform if needed,” continues Cabrera. The LightBender team is about to start the third season of StartUp, this time shot on Helium 8K to make the show even more demanding and dramatic!
Mistika Ultima enables a non-linear modern post-production workflow
LightBender Studio completes feature films and also TV series where lately, there has been a significant increase in production. “Mistika Ultima allows us to tackle from low-budgets shows to incredibly complex blockbusters with ease!”
Cabrera has been using award-winning Mistika Ultima for more than eleven years and in his opinion, versatility is one of the most apparent advantages of SGO’s hero suite. “The flexibility you have with an infinite timeline, being able to have numerous versions in the same space, extremely powerful conform tools and the ease to work with multiple versioning and mastering requirements are the things that make your life easier.”
In Mistika Ultima both conform and color grading happen in the same place. “It does not force you to follow any specific order. You can go back and forth as you need. It is a unified environment, not a ‘Frankenstein’ made up of different programs, modules or plugins.”
Mistika Ultima allows making creative decisions right to the very last minute, keeping a solid workflow throughout. “When the pressure is high and the production team start to get nervous, being the facility that helps and makes things easier is what makes the client want to come back. We could not do that without Mistika Technology.”
Collaborative solutions include Mistika Ultima with Mistika Co-Pilot, Mistika VR with new Stereo 3D toolset, Mistika Insight and Mistika FX preview.
Free download offers hands on experience of using the world’s most powerful Hero Suite ‘Mistika Ultima’ as a training tool.
SGO is set to introduce a new natively integrated workflow concept at this year’s NAB and launch the first phase of products as part of the company’s evolutionary growth which include ‘Mistika VR’ and ‘Mistika Insight’.
SGO will be showcasing Mistika version 8.7 with exclusive demonstrations on VR, HDR, Colour grading, 4K and 8K capabilities at InterBEE 2016 in November 2016.
We are pleased to announce that Unique Media has purchased our flagship product Mistika Ultima, to expand its current business range from high quality television programmes to cinema and commercial productions.
The action-adventure video game market as we knew it changed forever when the sci-fi game Quantum Break was released worldwide in April this year. Developed by Remedy Entertainment, published by Microsoft Studios and produced by Lifeboat Productions, Quantum Break is a unique blend of traditional third person interactive gameplay and an integrated live-action television show featuring the actual actors of the characters that’s outcome is affected by the player’s choices throughout the game.
Madrid, Spain, 7 September 2016 – SGO, the high end post production software and systems developer, is proud to announce it has been awarded the coveted 2016 HPA Engineering Excellence Award for its Mistika post production digital intermediate (DI) solution. The Engineering Excellence Awards recognises companies and individuals that provide outstanding services to the professional media content industry. The award will be presented to SGO on November 17th, 2016 at the 11th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Star Trek Beyond, the thirteenth and latest film addition to the sci-fi adventure franchise hit our screens this summer, directed by Justin Lee with screenplay from comedian producer and screenwriter Simon Pegg. With an eclectic cast of old and new, the third instalment in this reboot series was dedicated to Anton Yelchin and Leonard Nomiy, who both died before the film was finalised.
Mistika Unveils Ground-breaking Developments in Las Vegas
SGO BOOTH #SL9027 / 18 – 21 April 2016 / Las Vegas Convention Centre
SGO will be carving its own path this NAB, bringing its award-winning finishing system Mistika to the limelight and unveiling a multitude of incredible future-proof developments that have been in the pipeline for the past few years. Mistika will be the frontier of Virtual Reality, equipping professionals with the most innovative and accessible virtual toolsets and workflows. With an NAB highlight of VR in post, SGO will reveal its distinctive, forward thinking 3D feature-sets, VR Mode and VR Device connections, depicting how Mistika provides Colour Grading, HDR, Stereo and Compositing in Virtual Reality, in just one system.