Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

The Equalizer Finished On Baselight

News Image
The new thriller from director Antoine Fuqua starring Denzel Washington, The Equalizer, was graded on Baselight EIGHT at Colorworks, the finishing facility on the Sony Pictures lot at Culver City.

Colourist Doug Delaney worked throughout the project with the director Antione Fuqua, DoP Mauro Fiore and editor John Refoua to create a distinctive, atmospheric look, which served to drive the story forward.
Sony Colorworks has three DI grading theatres, each with a Baselight EIGHT networked to about 1.2 petabytes of online storage. Viewing via a Sony 4K projector, the colourist benefits from the best possible grading environment that matches ideal cinema conditions. The facility also has four additional Baselight EIGHTs in smaller rooms for broadcast and mastering work, and three assist stations for conform and support.
The technical platform allowed colourist Delaney to work interactively with the various effects houses, each delivering special elements. "We had many VFX reviews in the grading suite, often working remotely with the vendors," he recalled. "My involvement in the review process meant the director and DoP saw the FX work graded, and it also gives me the opportunity to establish a solid technical relationship with the VFX vendors. This translates, I believe, to a more refined integration come finish.
"In particular, I worked with Sean Devereaux’s team at Zero VFX on a number of scenes. Working with the FX elements via mattes meant that we could massage the elements interactively during reviews. This really helped accelerate the approval process."
Delaney started work on the project at the preview stage, ensuring director, DoP and colourist were all working together on the visual style of the film. The final grade was the result of two week’s of intensive work with DoP Fiore, building on the look established during the previews and polishing the look of the film.
"The climactic scene of the film is set in a store, with a dramatically dark look," said Delaney. "What we needed to do was to shape the light so that the audience reads the right action. Baselight's area tracker was instrumental in de- emphasising parts of the frame and popping other parts that we needed to see to tell the story."


Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

Telenor Sweden Deploys Agile's CDN Director Solution
Agile Content has deployed its Agile CDN Director solution at Telenor Sweden, one of the largest mobile phone, television and broadband service operat
KitPlus Show Appoints Event Director
KitPlus Show has appointed Matt Snow as event director, to drive forward the growing programme of the shows. These regional events have proved to be e
Panalux Appoints Long Form Sales Director
Panalux has announced the hiring of lighting-industry veteran Sandro Leone as the company’s Long Form Sales Director. In this role, Leone will focus o
Hiave Announce New Sales Director
Leading manufacturer of media playback solutions, Hive, has announced the appointment of Nigel Sadler to the role of Sales Director. Nigel's backgroun
Lightware Visual Engineering Appoints Regional Director For Southeast Asia
Lightware Visual Engineering has appointed Candice Siow as Regional Director for Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, Candice joins Lightware with more
Riedel Appoints Customer Success Director
Riedel Communications has announced that Lucy O'Brien has been appointed to the role of customer success director to accommodate the company's continu
Magewell Launches Director Mini
Magewell has been renowned for its reliable and innovative video interface, streaming and IP workflow products. Today the company is expanding its por
Digital 3&4 Appoints New Managing Director
Channel 4 and ITV's multiplex service Digital 3&4 has appointed Steve Holebrook as its new Managing Director as Greg Bensberg MBE steps down after ten
Multistory Media Promotes Simone Haywood To Creative Director
MultiStory Media has promoted Simone Haywood to Creative Director, MultiStory London. Having joined MultiStory Media four years ago as Head of Factual
Nic Dugger Becomes Executive Director Of Midsouth Emmy Chapter
TNDV Founder Nic Dugger has accepted the role of Executive Director for the Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (N
Atomos Appoints COO And Executive Board Director
Atomos has appointed Peter Barber as COO and Executive Board Director with immediate effect. Peter is an industry veteran with over thirty years' expe
ITV Appoints New Executive Creative Director
ITV has announced that Tom Houser – formerly a Creative Director at the BBC and Uncommon London - will join ITV Creative as Executive Creative Directo
TVU Networks Appoints New Senior Director Of Technical Operations For EMEA And CIS
TVU Networks has announced that Oriol Icart has returned to the company as its new Senior Director of Technical Operations for EMEA and CIS. Icart has
Broadpeak Appoints Sales Director LATAM
Broadpeak® has announced that Cristiano Barbieri has joined the company as Sales Director LATAM. Cristiano will focus on growing Broadpeak’s sales wit
Ateliere Appoints Director Of Partner Relations
Ateliere Creative Technologieshas appointed Meghan Ross as its new Director of Partner Relations. With more than 17 years of experience in building su