[Tig] The Dark Knight Rises

Jack James jack at surrealroad.com
Wed Aug 1 15:57:30 BST 2012


It was digital IMAX that I saw.

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM, Tim Stipan <stipantim at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Jack,
>
> You say you saw the film in IMAX- was it digital or film?
>
> Wally and Chris timed the film with a superb timer by the name of David
> Orr at Technicolor LA, but someone else made the digital version- scanned
> from an IP I'm assuming? I'm not sure how that part of the process was
> done- via DI?
>
>
> Here's an interesting article on the difference between IMAX digital and
> film projection... Makes me wonder why I pay those exuberant prices for
> digital IMAX screenings...
>
> Tim Stipan
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> On Aug 1, 2012, at 9:27 AM, Jean-Clement Soret <jean-c at moving-picture.com>
> wrote:
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> > Please forgive the generalisation but I've often found DI colorgrading
> trailing behind commercials by a few years, high contrast, duo tone, heavy
> handed color washes...been there. done that. Today grading is a lot more
> natural, sometimes too much and some might say flat and ugly but overall
> more mature with great attention to detail. Just give it some time....
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> > ________________________________________
> > From: trovak at comcast.net [trovak at comcast.net]
> > Sent: 01 August 2012 14:08
> > To: Jack James
> > Cc: tig at tig.colorist.org
> > Subject: Re: [Tig] The Dark Knight Rises
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> > " I would like to see this practice make a u-turn at this point."
> > Raw, plain and oridinary is what you want to see?
> >
> >
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> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Jack James" <jack at surrealroad.com>
> > To: tig at tig.colorist.org
> > Sent: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 7:11:57 AM
> > Subject: [Tig] The Dark Knight Rises
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> > Hi all,
> >
> > First of all, I just want to say that I don't mean this in any way as a
> > lack of respect to the crew on this film. As a non-colorist, I don't like
> > to pass judgement (beyond a cursory impression) on the colour grading
> work
> > of other professionals.
> >
> > That said, whilst I thought the many nuances of the colour work done on
> the
> > Dark Knight Rises were superb, I found the broad strokes to be unusual at
> > best, and downright distracting at worst. Specifically, I found the
> > yellow/blue look to be completely over cooked. The majority of scenes had
> > people's skin tones looking like they had a bad fake tan, and there were
> > parts where it bordered on looking like an episode of the Simpsons. When
> I
> > am thinking about how awful people look when watching an otherwise superb
> > film, it ruins the experience.
> >
> > I understand the motivations for adopting this look, what with yellow and
> > blue complementing each other, and it's something that has been becoming
> > more popular and less subtle in mainstream filmmaking over the last
> couple
> > of years, but here I just found it in poor taste.
> >
> > As I said, I don't think this reflects on the abilities of the
> colorist(s)
> > on the film in any way, but I would like to see this practice make a
> u-turn
> > at this point.
> >
> > --
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