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Modern VideoFilm gets ‘The Invitation’ ready for SXSW

Modern VideoFilm provided post services for The Invitation in advance of its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. Directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), The Invitation centers on a dinner party of old friends that takes a turn for the macabre.

Modern provided editorial conforming, final color grading, technical support and deliverables, the latter including a DCP master for the festival screening. Final color grading, conducted in P3 Color Space, was completed at Modern VideoFilm by colorist Gregg Garvin (There Will Be Blood, Don Jon). Working under the direction of Kusama, cinematographer Bobby Shore (Man Seeking Woman, A Dark Truth) and Kusama’s color timer Harris Charalambous (The ABCs of Death), Garvin helped shape the slightly heightened grade that brought out golden tones and emphasized the confining space of the film’s principal interior.

“The last stages of post are the final stops you make on the way to finally showing your film to the world,” said Kusama.  “No matter how big or small your film, or your audience, it’s a genuine comfort to have a post staff that’s knowledgeable and conscientious, and who care about the films they work on. It was a pleasure to be at Modern, and I look forward to the next time.”

“Modern has always been very supportive of independent film,” said DI producer Jeannette Zepeda. “We enjoy working with inspired filmmakers like Karyn Kusama and want to help their films reach their audience.”

The color of Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’

Modern VideoFilm’s Bryan McMahan on grading the dailies and final film

By Randi Altman

Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in early February, has literally been years in the making. Shot in 2012, on 35mm, 65mm and a variety of digital formats, Knight of Cups has had a two-year post-production cycle.

For the film, which stars Christian Bale as a Hollywood screenwriter having a sort of crisis of conscious, the director called on frequent collaborators, such as cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who has a brand-new shiny Oscar for his Continue reading

My Top 5 favorite keyboard shortcuts for Smoke

This Modern VideoFilm online editor shares some hot-key tips that make the job a bit easier.

By Barry Goch

I’ve been using Autodesk Smoke on Linux and Mac for many years… on features like Stretch and Tell to high-profile TV shows like Madam Secretary. In my experience, and when training new users to Smoke, I’ve found that using “hot-keys” or keyboard short-cuts really improves your speed on the system.

Every time you can reduce a multi-step process to a simple keyboard combination, you get your work done faster. Also, since your hands are on the keyboard, you save time mousing Continue reading

Modern Video colorist talks color grading ‘Madam Secretary’

By Randi Altman

Madam Secretary, which is in the middle of its first season on CBS, has been using LA-based Modern Videofilm for post services, specifically conform and color.

Barry Goch performs the conform via Autodesk Flame 2015, recreating the creative edit with the highest resolution footage while ensuring the program meets all broadcast specs. He also does some paint fixes, titling and final video layback.

Todd Bochner provides the color grading, working out of the company’s Santa Monica DI suite using Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve. The New York City-shot show stars Tea Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord and takes place in different settings around Washington, DC. This gives Continue reading

Checking in with Modern VideoFilm’s new CEO Scott Avila

By Randi Altman

Recently there have been some management changes at Modern VideoFilm, the 30-year-old independently owned LA-based post house. CEO Moshe Barkat and CFO Hugh Miller have left the company and Scott Avila is now CEO. Avila most recently held a similar position with The Culver Studios, where he oversaw a major expansion and renovation.

Others joining the Modern executive team include president Cooper Crouse and CFO Roxanna Sassanian. Longtime Modern VideoFilm execs, such as president of digital media services Bill Watt, president of creative services Mark Smirnoff and EVP/sales Jon Johnson, have taken on added managerial and operational responsibilities. Modern employs nearly 500 people in its Burbank and Santa Monica locations.

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Enhancing color at ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

By Randi Altman

When colorist Jill Bogdanowicz got a call last spring from Wes Anderson’s producer asking her to work on the director’s next film, she said, “Yes!” Wouldn’t you?

Bogdanowicz, now at Modern Videofilm in Hollywood, first got to work with the inventive and highly visual director toward the end of post on Moonrise Kingdom (2012). This time, while Tim Continue reading