It was the second stereo 3D animated feature that Persichetti has graded on Baselight. He also graded Sony Pictures Animation’s hit 2009 film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the first film finished at Colorworks.
Animation, lighting, effects and stereography for Hotel Transylvania were completed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, who then delivered high-resolution image files to Colorworks via direct fibre link for colour grading and stereo finishing.
The task for Persichetti (who worked in collaboration with director Genndy Tartakovsky, visual effects supervisor Daniel Kramer and 3D stereoscopic supervisor Von Williams) was to ensure scene-to-scene consistency and to finesse details that only became apparent when the film was projected onto a big screen in Colorworks’ DI theatre.
“The majority of our work involved fine adjustments,” he says, “making a character appear lighter or darker relative to the background, or adjusting the colour of a face.”