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‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ employs Joust for its VFX, digital workflow

The final episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, hosted by astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, is set to air shortly on the National Geographic Channel, and the digital management tool Joust was used to provide an economical and efficient workflow solution for the miniseries.

“On Cosmos, we used Joust to streamline a number of areas in our digital pipeline. Joust provided an online viewing platform for all our dailies,” said Eli Dolleman, co-producer, post and animation on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. “It also served as a centralized asset repository for the VFX camera data collected on set, as well as viewing proxies of vendor delivered shots in all stages of production. This allowed producers and executives to both review footage and keep tabs on shot production. In addition to helping organize and view incoming vendor shots, Joust also smoothed out the turnover process, pairing relevant data with raw plates and delivering this material securely to more than a dozen different VFX vendors.

“Through file association during the dailies ingestion process Joust allowed our editorial staff to pull plates through the submission of simple EDLs. These EDLs would be read by Joust which would work in tandem with a Colorfront Transkoder, referencing camera masters, converting them to full resolution DPX files and posting these files to our various vendors.”

Addie Manis, VFX producer on Cosmos adds, “The fact that Joust allowed editorial to pull the VFX plates in-house was the greatest time and money saving tool.”

CineSync integrated into digital workflow management system Joust

Culver City —  Jenny Fulle, visual effects producer and founder of The Creative-Cartel, and Rory McGregor, CEO of Cospective, are now offering integration between Cospective’s cineSync review and approval technology and The Creative-Cartel’s Joust digital workflow management system.

This integration with cineSync will allow live, streaming, interactive reviews that can be carried out from within the Joust interface. With the addition of the cineSync technology, Joust Review (a component of the overall Joust system) will be an even more powerful tool for filmmakers, allowing them to easily collaborate on shot reviews.

Users will be able to comment on shots as soon as they become available and give precise, frame accurate feedback to a team of artists that may be spread across different facilities, cities, or even countries. As a Web-based tool, Joust Review does not require any software installation, or downloading of files.

For guests invited to review material, joining the review is a simple and intuitive process. All notes, annotations and thumbnails can be saved out for import into other production/VFX tools and will be stored within Joust for future reference and easy sharing among the team.

Joust will also be integrated with Cospective’s Academy-Award-winning cineSync Pro, Cospective’s (www.cospective.com) application-based review and approval system for high res and stereoscopic material. This will allow users to easily transfer media from Joust to cineSync Pro when they require the most robust review tools.

“This addition truly cements Joust as the all-in-one tool for managing and reviewing digital media,” says The Creative-Cartel’s (www.the-cartel.com) Jenny Fulle. “We are thrilled to be working with Cospective and are excited about the accessibility this integration will give our filmmakers.”

Joust (www.joustco.com) is a Web-based application created by The Creative-Cartel to streamline the digital workflow of a project, from production through post. It puts control of digital assets and metadata in the hands of production where they can be accessed and used quickly and efficiently. Joust acts as a repository for all reference material and metadata during principal photography, including data wrangling information, camera notes as well as  color information for each shot. It is also  includes a dailies and vendor review system and the ability to create bid packages, watermark images, and automate vendor submissions.

“We are very excited to be integrating our technology with Joust,” says Cospective CEO Rory McGregor. “The Creative-Cartel have built a platform we believe will help revolutionize the digital production pipeline and really streamline the filmmaking process”.

Photo: Courtesy of The Creative-Cartel