It is always a plus if a team has previously worked together – workflows are often already established, and the communication is easier. The Netflix action comedy ’Coffee and Kareem’ was not the first collaborative project for DIT Leon Rivers-Moore and the camera team he worked with, which made it a lot of fun for everyone to shoot. Silverstack and Livegrade Pro were two old companions for him as well, which he used for the media asset workflow, QC and color grading on set of this particular production.
The film set is the origin of a huge part of the creative work for a film production. The camera department’s responsibility in particular is to deliver the best possible images – as close as possible to the artistic intent of the DP.
Data management on a film set has grown into a multidimensional activity. In many cases the camera card offload is just the starting point and the responsible person can become the central hub for many questions as she or he manages the central assets of the production.
In a time dominated by curfews and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, articles about international film productions seem like stories from old, better times. Even if they were produced last year. The TV series ZeroZeroZero is a saga about drug trafficking that spans several continents. Such a production requires a high amount of traveling and cooperation between people from different countries. Italian DITs Andrea Cuomo and Andrea Curiazi have been part of this production in 2019 and report to us about their experiences.
Livegrade is an on-set DIT software enabling the camera department to provide efficient on-set look creation, live HDR and SDR monitoring and management of looks and metadata for later integration with other DIT tools and post production software.
Different types of productions can require different models of cart setups for a DIT. To be well prepared for every situation DIT Alan Robert Hopkins owns three kinds of rigs, and shifts all his other equipment between the three of them; Depending on whether he currently works on a large movie production, or is busy with commercials and dailies in between.
When working with a high end digital cinema camera like the Sony Venice, it is important to understand the color settings that affect the appearance of the image. This is important to be able to maintain consistent image results throughout the complete production process, on-set across multiple shooting days as well as predictable image results in the post production phase.
Livegrade is an on-set look management software for film productions. It lets you create and modify looks for live preview on set, and lets you store the look settings and reference images throughout the day for use in later steps of production or post production such as dailies creation and VFX.
One of the core duties of a DIT is to maintain a well defined backup strategy, which follows the production’s specific requirements. As you take on this responsibility, you will in all cases have to deal with the situation that the original camera clips end up on multiple, separate volumes.
Pomfort offers a range of software products specifically for on-set work. Each of those applications individually cover certain aspects of the DIT’s responsibility. In this article we want to give you an overview of how these products compare to each other, and how they collectively work together in typical scenarios on set.