One of the biggest films of 2014, Kingsman: The Secret Service, was finished on BlackMagic’s DaVinci Resolve by Goldcrest Post colourist Rob Pizzey.

Working alongside director of photography George Richmond, the two vied for a ‘slick looking film while keeping the blacks full of information and filmic’.

The film was based upon the Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ 2012 comic book in which a super-secret spy organisation recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius, played by Samuel L Jackson.

“Having worked with George in the past, I knew that he preferred to setup the look of a film prior to the shoot in order for him to use them during production,” says Rob.

“For Kingsman, we setup around 25 different LUTs and used them on set for monitoring purposes as well as the dailies, ensuring the rushes were already an accurate representation of the final look George was after.

“We also spent some time with DIT Joshua Callis-Smith to make sure his monitors matched what we were seeing in the DI theatre. The dailies looked so good and balanced a pre grade wasn’t needed in the edit suite to match out the scenes. When it came to the final DI there were no shocks as everybody knew roughly how the film would look.”

DaVinci Resolve’s role in the film was to tweak the look and isolate small parts of the frame to emphasize the mood George was creating, explains Rob.

“Our workflow is based on using DaVinci Resolve throughout the full DI process including conforming and final online edition. Using the same system at every stage of the DI process gives us the flexibility to never have to render or commit any shot until they have been fully signed off.”

So what did Rob like most about DaVinci Resolve? He concludes: “In particular, the multi layer and compositing capability of the system meant that we were able to grade each part of a comp shot independently, such as the Head Up Display (HUD) shots as well as the complicated vertical wipes, including those used in Valentines factory.”

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