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NAB NY Panel: Working in 4K HDR for Netflix’s Russian Doll

Goldcrest Post senior colorist Nat Jencks will take part in a discussion about the technology and creativity behind the Netflix series Russian Doll at NAB Show New York. Joining Jencks will be post supervisor Lisa Melodia in a session moderated by our own postPerspective editor-in-chief Randi Altman.

Nat Jencks

The session will take place on Thursday, October 17 at 3:30pm at the Javits Convention Center. Those wishing to attend this event may do so for free by entering the code EP06 when registering for NAB Show New York.

Nominated for 13 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series, Russian Doll has won critical acclaim and popular embrace for its story of a young New York City woman, Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne), who, after being killed in a traffic accident, finds herself continuously reliving a birthday party held in her honor the same night. Think of Groundhog’s Day, but darker.

In this session, Jencks and Melodia will discuss how they balance art and tech, taking advantage of the latest technologies in depicting a highly cinematic version of New York’s East Village while still prioritizing creativity in storytelling. They will also discuss the intricacies of working in 4K HDR.

Goldcrest’s Jencks collaborated once again with cinematographer Chris Teague to finalize the look of Russian Doll. A colorist with 10 years of experience in this aspect of the job, Jencks’ work ranges from studio features to indies and includes episodic series, commercials and music videos. Jencks has worked in post for two decades total, including in the fields of VFX, title design and editorial. 

Melodia is a post supervisor working in New York City. Prior to Russian Doll, she worked on comedies such as The Jim Gaffigan Show for TV Land and The Detour for TBS, as well as movies for HBO. Currently, she is the post supervisor on Darren Star’s new show, Emily in Paris.


Atomos brings 4K HDR monitors/recorders on set

Atomos, makers on the Shogun and Ninja on-set systems, has introduced new products targeting 4K HDR and offering brightness and detail simultaneously — field monitor/recorders Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame.

The Atomos Flame Series features a calibrated 7-inch field monitor, which displays 10 stops of the luminance detail of LOG with 10-bit HDR post production color accuracy. While the AtomHDR engine resolves HDR brightness detail (dynamic range) with 10-bit color accuracy, it also resolves 64 times more color information than traditional 8-bit panels. For Rec709 standard dynamic range scenes, the 1500nits brightness aids with outdoor shooting as does the upgraded continuous power management system that allows users to shoot shooting longer in the field. The Flame series, which offers a cost effective solution to the growing demands for HDR image capture and on set viewing, also features pro 4K/HD Apple ProRes/DNxHR recording, playback and editing.

We threw a few questions at Atomos president Matt Cohen (who many of you know from Tekserve) regarding the new gear…

What’s the most important thing people should know about Atomos Flame Series?
Atomos Flame Series products empower realtime visualization of HDR on set and in post using LOG from the camera and our 10-bit AtomHDR processing. We explain it here

Are we really looking at 10 different stops? That’s a ton of bandwidth. How can you accomplish that?
It’s magic! Well, not really… it’s math. LOG is the trick; it basically takes the range and squishes it. That’s why when looking at a LOG signal it looks all washed out — it has transformed the brightest part into something representable using current technology same with the darkest areas. So, basically, it is making the changes much more subtle in the image that can then be interpreted into the true levels they represent. We do that in realtime with AtomHDR.

The Series works with all cameras, as long as they have a live video tap?
Our products have always been compatible with cameras that have a clean output, meaning there is no menu data overlaid or degradation to the output. We get the pristine image from the sensor before any of the compression or degradation that occurs recording internally to the camera.

In how many different ways can this be used on set? Focus, Composition, Color, etc?
All the Atomos Monitor tools are still available. We have very accurate scopes and focus tools. You can use this on set for all aspects you describe. There is calibrated monitoring focus and exposure tools, including waveform vectorscope and RGB Parade, We have Graticule support and even support to de-squeeze anamorphic. We also feel confident the Flame tools will be very valuable in post production, enabling most systems to work with HDR and UWG (Ultra Wide Gamut) content.

Here are some key features of the Flame Series:
– AtomHDR monitors, which offer a dynamic range to match that of a 10-bit camera LOG footage, provide the detail in highlights and shadows usually clipped on traditional monitors.

– Is an advanced field monitor even in non-HDR scenarios with 1500nits brightness for outdoor shooting, native full HD resolution and optional calibration to ensure natural LCD color drift can be corrected over time.

– Users can  record directly from the sensor in 4K UHD (up to 30p) or record high frame rate HD (up to 120p).

– Along with recording the high pixel density of 4K, the Ninja and Shogun Flame also record higher resolution 10-bit color information and more precise yet efficient 4:2:2 color encoding.

– Recording to Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHR visually lossless edit-ready codecs allow users to capture full individual frames like film, allowing for more flexibility and creativity in post.

– The Series features an armor protection, dual battery hot-swappable continuous power system and included accessories, such as a new fast charger and snap-fast sun hood.

– Atomos’ hot-swappable dual battery system for continuous power is backed up with the included power accessories (2 x 4-cell batteries, D-Tap adaptor and fast battery charger).

– There are focus and exposure tools, 3D custom Looks, waveforms (LUMA and RGB) and vectorscopes.

– XLR audio via breakout cables are available for Shogun Flame or 3.5mm line level input with audio delay, level adjustment and dedicated audio meters with channel selection for Ninja Flame.

– The Flame Series supports affordable, readily available SSDs.

Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame are available for sale on March 28.