So, I’ve finally got a version of The Taking that I’m happy with, I certainly didn’t think that this was going to be possible after the C&C showing in Leeds on the 5th November!
It’s taken a lot of work to clean up the mess and in the process I’ve learned a huge amount.
I’ve also had a lot of help and I’d particularly like to than Nick Shaw and Gavin Greenwalt for the LUT’s that they created to fix some of the initial errors. These errors were introduced when 4K TIFF’s were created for the VFX guys from the original R3D files, why the match graded log DPX files I had created weren’t used is a mystery. Anyway, the TIFF’s were created with the contrast, saturation and FLUT settings burned in that we had used for monitoring only on location and that were never meant to be used anywhere else.
This created a wonderful set of problems as there was more than one look used on location…
These files had been used by the post house in the final finish for the C&C showing, it should have been clear to a blind man that the files were not “normal” log files but whatever…
I’ve spent 4 weeks going through the edited DPX files matching black levels and contrast, replacing shots that had been clipped form data to TV levels and generally patching things up.
Finally on New Years Eve I had a version of the film that looked as it should.
A version that didn’t have to apologise for being low budget but that looks good regardless of budget.
It looks the way that Dom and I agreed it should back in July when we graded it at UWE.