Netflix Film Red Notice Graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio

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Netflix Film Red Notice Graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio

PostTue Jan 18, 2022 9:32 pm

An international crime adventure, “Red Notice” follows FBI profiler John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) as he pursues art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds). Hartley must partner with Booth to catch “The Bishop” (Gal Gadot), an elusive art thief herself who is attempting to steal a trio of priceless bejeweled artifacts known as Cleopatra’s Eggs. Shot by Markus Förderer, ASC, the film is set in exotic locations around the world including Rome, Valencia and the jungles of Argentina.

Despite the international plot line, the film had to be scheduled to shoot during a point in the pandemic when international travel, much less film production, was not possible. “We had to rethink how to shoot our globetrotting movie,” said Förderer. “Without the ability to travel internationally, we ended up building the majority of our sets on very large stages and on a back lot in Atlanta. These scenes were always intercut with wide establishing shots we were able to capture with a reduced crew on the actual locations around the world.”

The challenge between principal photography, visual effects (VFX) and finishing was to ensure that the various elements that made up each scene, and often a single shot, matched perfectly. “Matching the colors and lighting to blend seamlessly was a big task,” said Förderer, who worked with Colorist Walter Volpatto of Company 3 early in pre production to help plan for the coming challenges. “Walter has a great eye to bring all those pieces together and also match VFX shots with our live action photography. This is always a tricky process and, in my experience, a crucial step. No matter how good the VFX shots are, there is always something we can do in the grade to make them appear as if they were captured through an actual lens. We emulate certain lens characteristics like flaring and edge contrast.”

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