Software developer SGO and video hardware developer AJA Video Systems have announced that SGO's flagship color grading and finishing post-production system Mistika is now fully compatible with AJA's line of Kona and Corvid video capture and playback cards. The result, the companies say, is optimized video output. The combination of the new Mistika version with the AJA hardware boosts support for video formats including 4K stereo 3D dual-link, even at HFR frame-rates up to 60p.
Son of Saul, László Nemes’ Golden Globe winner, is set in the horrors of Auschwitz in 1944. The movie was shot on 35mm film, which underlined its stark and understated look. To capture the emotions that underpin the movie, Nemes set about what seems today like a revolutionary analog to digital workflow: he not only shot the feature on film, but he finished and reviewed it on film, too. Son of Saul is a very raw story. The harrowing story, also nominated for best foreign language Oscar, got its subtle grading atmosphere from one of the FilmLight Baselight suites at Budapest facility Magyar Filmlabor (Hungarian Filmlab). Having achieved the visual style that Nemes and the movie’s DP Mátyás Erdély wanted in the film print, colorist László Kovács set about recreating this in Baselight.
Hocus Focus has been described as one of the industry's most creative and dynamic boutique post houses. Attracting international and local high-profile clientele, it is an inspiring example of how a small organization can punch above its weight, win business and make money. Equipped with the latest SGO Mistika technology and creative expertise, the company offers competitive services and facilities for every stage of the production process delivering stunning results across commercials, film and television drama and documentaries.
Baba Joon means papa as a term of endearment expressing respect for the father of the family in a traditional Iranian home. A movie named Baba Joon was selected as best film at the most recent Ofir Awards, the Israeli version of the Academy Awards. The film portrays the human struggle many face when having to choose between tradition and personal freedom, dealing with the challenges that the generational gap can cause. Baba Joon is the feature-length directorial debut of screenwriter director Yuval Delshad, an Israeli and himself, the son of Iranian immigrants. Shot with a Red Epic, Baba Joon was also the first feature completed on Tel Aviv-based Edit Studio's Mistika.
Post-production finishing for the new independent feature Dixieland was completed at Technicolor PostWorks New York. Colorist Anthony Raffaele worked with first-time writer/director Hank Bedford and cinematographer Tobias Datum to finalize the look of the tense crime thriller set in modern day Mississippi. The facility also handled editorial conforming and visual effects.
Established Australian post house Spectrum Films has played host to international productions such as The Railway Man, The Water Diviner, The Matrix, The Great Gatsby, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, Sacred Heart and many other titles, including, most recently, a compelling documentary that aired in 2015 called Deadline Gallipoli: The Full Story. The documentary illustrates how Spectrum Films relied fully on SGO Mistika's open architecture, speed and versatility. The entire project was post-produced in Mistika including the online, color grading, titling and deliverables.
Emmy Award winning and MENA region leading production company Arab Telemedia Group has added an integrated Baselight color pipeline to its production and post workflows. The new pipeline allows Arab Telemedia to increase both value and productivity for its television productions.
When it came to grading The Americans, where the central characters live a double life, colorist John Crowley knew he would need to create some distinctive looks. He used one of Technicolor PostWorks New York’s Baselight systems to grade series two and three of the New York-shot, 1980s-set show, working closely with director of photography Richard Rutkowski.
Indian post house Nube Studio has opened with a Baselight Two grading workstation as its centerpiece. The color-driven facility is providing services for commercials, music videos, television and film throughout the region.
Cognition, the recently launched hybrid post-production facility, has purchased six Mistika systems from SGO. The package includes two top-end 4K color grading and mastering systems, two assist workstations and two laptop systems for on-set and near-set use. The company has also acquired an SGO high-speed SAN. The installation is part of a multi-million dollar facility expansion that will include a pair of DCI grading theaters, expanded visual effects resources and creative production workspace.