Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media Installs Nucoda HD System

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Wed, 09/23/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Hollywood’s Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media has taken delivery of Digital Vision’s Nucoda HD system. Digital Vision has worked closely with Walden to create a streamlined color pipeline from dailies to final delivery for their international productions. The two grading and one conform systems for Walden form the cornerstone of a production and post-production workflow on The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader which is one of the industry’s first 100-percent digitally acquired file-based feature projects.   The Nucoda HD systems capture and utilize the American Society of Cinematographer’s color decision list metadata and maintain it as a basis for grading throughout the project. Walden Media has produced several box office blockbusters including The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe Journey to the Center of The Earth Bridge to Terabithia and The Water Horse. Earlier this year Doug Jones Walden’s executive vice president of physical production Sean Santiago vice president of visual effects and Jonas Thaler vice president of post-production designed a workflow for the third chapter in the Narnia series.  The director of photography and on-set colorist created a look for each scene which is expressed and documented as a ten-digit ASC CDL value.  In the Walden plan the CDL grades follow the project from set to dailies to VFX and final DI color timing. Doug Jones of Walden says “We and our filmmakers strive to make successful films with powerful and memorable visual content.  Directors and cinematographers do their best work if they are given instant access to high resolution images and precise color and density control from day one through final delivery.  After meeting in Los Angeles and London and getting to know Digital Vision’s international development group and product line we could see that the Nucoda HD system fit the bill.  The efficiency of the ASC CDL color value system and the power and depth of Digital Vision’s tools are the essence of our workflow.  Our partnership with Digital Vision has evolved to the point where we’d like to keep this going on future projects.” Simon Cuff president and COO of Digital Vision says “Walden Media has a history of telling high quality stories with beautiful imagery created by top filmmakers. To work so closely with this team and this caliber of entertainment is exciting and we are looking forward to Nucoda being part of that creative process from the camera to the cinema screen.  Walden’s push forward in production VFX and post production workflow has allowed us to accelerate the development and refine the functionality of our on-set and dailies solutions – ensuring this will become an essential part of the movie-making process.” Digital Vision