My Suicide

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Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Digital Jungle Enhances Unique Visuals For Berlin Film Festival Winner My Suicide a controversial new film and winner of the 2009 Berlin Film Festival's Crystal Bear Award stands out for its unusual technique of combining many varying film/video formats to provide a chaotic but lifelike feel as the main character self-documents his morbid journey to suicide. Hollywood post house Digital Jungle took on the demanding project incorporating film and multiple HD and SD video formats through the digital intermediates process.   My Suicide is a coming-of-age story directed by David Lee Miller and starring Gabriel Sunday Brooke Nevin David Carradine Mariel Hemingway and Nora Dunn.  It's the story of Holden an isolated high school media geek who suddenly becomes a star when he announces he's going to kill himself on camera. As word spreads adults kids and the media barrage Holden with attention as he captures it all on camera: the drama of life death violence sex money drugs music and the intense media overload of today's society. Digital Jungle DI colorist John Scheer finessed the challenge of multiple formats and made sure each video within the film had its own distinctive look and feel without sacrificing overall cohesion.   What's really unique is the contrast between the pristine 'objective camera' footage and that of the grainy shaky student video formats going on within the film says Digital Jungle president Dennis Ho. The audience's focus is drawn to the quirky video sub-stories and we forget about the fact that we're watching a movie. The DI work included formats ranging from surveillance cameras VHS tapes to DVC Pro and 1080p. The conform and color grade was done on the Quantel 4K Pablo. Digital Jungle