With determined focus to reinforce and expand Mistika’s influence in Eastern Europe, as well as build on its existing success in the region, an enterprising collaboration between SGO and PlayBox Technology Europe has been confirmed. This mutually beneficial strategic move will help to further extend Mistika’s prominent position in the area as a complete and powerful post production solution with the profound capability to dramatically enhance broadcasting efficiency. With over 15,000 multi-national broadcast and branding channels on air, PlayBox is trusted by global broadcasters offering a “complete solutions service” for their dealers and clients.
Ivanka Vassileva, Executive Director of PlayBox Technology Europe states, “PlayBox Technology Europe has retained a strong presence in the broadcast, film and post production markets in the Balkans for over fifteen years now. The Company is also the main distributor in Eastern Europe for the most advanced and renown worldwide brands of creative software, armed with modern vision as well as contemporary approaches.” Ivanka Vassileva continues, “We have selected Mistika because it complements the PlayBox Technology Europe vision to provide large-scale solutions in a single product. Mistika is designed to meet the needs of single users as well as the expectations of large organisations with advanced requirements. We like the fact that Mistika has combined all the creative capabilities for real time editing, VFX, colour correction and finishing, in a cohesive way. We think that Mistika will provide our customers with all they need for post production.”
“SGO continues to deliver technically sound and robust Mistika systems that integrate well with other technology that customers own. It is a very exciting time in the industry to work with PlayBox Technology Europe. They will help play an important role in increasing awareness of the advantages that SGO’s Mistika and Mamba FX offer, both to new channels and established broadcasters, in terms of efficiency, reliability and expandability in the Eastern European domain. Our combined efforts will translate into viable solutions that deliver value and quality-service for customers all round, covering the main sectors in countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Estonia, Belarus and many others.” confirms Jose Luis Acha, Regional Sales Manager at SGO.
Geoff Mills, SGO’s Director of Global Sales & Operations adds, “SGO expands its market reach by working with key industry partners and we are delighted to team up with PlayBox Technology Europe. They share SGO’s core values and we are very impressed with their business model and unshakable track record. Mistika and Mamba FX are a perfect match for PlayBox Technology Europe who provide excellent pre and post-sales support and offer their customers a complete solution with efficient and seamless file-based workflows, which are a key requirement for any post facility or broadcaster.”
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.
“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