Red Giant Enhances Color Production Pipeline for Stargate Studios

Red Giant (http://www.redgiant.com) today announced that two of its popular color design applications are at the heart of one of Hollywood’s leading production studio’s color production pipeline.

Press Release from Red Giant

Portland, OR (October 18, 2011) – Red Giant (http://www.redgiant.com) today announced that two of its popular color design applications are at the heart of one of Hollywood’s leading production studio’s color production pipeline. Stargate Studios (www.stargatestudios.net), an internationally renowned production company that provides advanced production and post production services for film and television, has embraced Red Giant Colorista and LUT Buddy applications as central components of their advanced color production pipeline, and are relying on these applications to enhance some of Hollywood’s most talked about television series, including ABC’s Pan Am, Revenge, and AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Chris Martin is one of the visual effects supervisors at Stargate Studios. Along with Jason Sperling, the head of post production, and Adam Ealovega, pipeline supervisor, the team is charged with overseeing the technology pipeline to ensure it best suits each project and enables the team of VFX artists to produce the highest quality results, and in an efficient, cost-effective way.

“There’s an interesting trend in Hollywood today; television production is rapidly shifting into more of a feature film workflow, wherein images are captured and delivered in a logarithmic color space. What this means for Stargate Studios is, we need to have powerful tools able to handle a wide variety of color workflows. Red Giant fits that bill for us perfectly,” added Chris.

Red Giant Cost Effective Color Pipeline Yields High-End ResultsFor the pilot episode of ABC’s Pan Am, Stargate Studios had to be sure their VFX and color pipeline could quickly and efficiently handle the sequences sent to them from the studio. Pan Am  is a prime example of the Hollywood trend; leading edge feature film production technology to create a television series.

Shot with the ARRI ALEXA, which captures Log-C for the most dynamic color space for flexible color grading, color decisions are made in a color bay with high end grading tools, such as DaVinci. The challenge for Stargate Studios then becomes the ability to match the ‘look’ set by the high end system from within an After Effects pipeline. Typically, this information is sent as a 3D LUT or as a CDL, both of which are fully supported in Red Giant LUT Buddy and Colorista.

Chris continued, “The sequences we receive from the set come to us with very precise color specifications pre-approved by the directors. In the case of Pan Am, we had to recreate the rich, saturated Kodachrome look that captures the essence of the show, and we have to do it quickly and within budget. As much of our VFX and post work is done in After Effects, we needed a solution that filled an important gap - something that could read the sophisticated color data while integrating with our After Effects workflow. Red Giant Colorista and LUT Buddy filled that gap. They are so powerful, in fact, our artists have become accustomed to working in an uncompressed log color space with very high end results.”

Deployed across the entire studio, the Stargate post team is now empowered with Colorista and LUT Buddy on every desktop, enabling artists to quickly and easily see LUTs generated by the client, and recreate each look with precision and quality using Colorista.

“The color pipeline we created for the Pan Am pilot was so successful, we’ve implemented it studio wide and it is now a critical component for all the projects we’re working on today, including ABC’s Revenge and AMC’s The Walking Dead. Color is such an important part of the post production workflow, and Red Giant’s support has been invaluable. They understand our needs and have delivered a tool set that provides our artists a plethora of color utensils and options, so much so that we’re now using it on every show in our line-up!”

In addition to Pan Am, Revenge, and The Walking Dead, Stargate Studios is also working on upcoming episodes of Missing, and are also completing work on a feature-length film in Germany - all of which are leveraging the studios new color production pipeline built around After Effects, Colorista and LUT Buddy.

For more information about Stargate Studios and their capabilities, please visit www.stargatestudios.net. And to learn more about Red Giant’s color production pipeline tools, please visit www.redgiant.com or to view more in-depth tutorials about Colorista, please visit http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/videos/getting-started/item/259/.

About Red Giant Founded in 2002, Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) creates an ever-expanding universe of effects tools ranging from plug-in suites, applications and mobile apps to Guru Presets, free products and sharing communities. We provide software for motion design, photography and color correction that is used for everything from major motion pictures to worldwide television programming to web production. Red Giant offers the industry-leading Trapcode tools for broadcast design; Magic Bullet Suite for color correction; and over 60 products that run in After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, Avid, Vegas, Nuke, and Avid Studio. Our effects have enhanced dozens of feature films such as Angels & Demons and The Social Network, and added sparkle to networks like NBC Universal, ESPN, Disney, CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, and TNT. Join us on Facebook (RedGiantSoftware), follow us on Twitter (@RedGiantNews) and get free content at Redgiantpeople.com.

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