PostWorks, New York, a full-service post facility, is using da Vinci’s 2K Plus color enhancement system for post work on the new NBC comedy series 30 Rock. The producers of 30 Rock said they chose the da Vinci 2K Plus at PostWorks for its ability to perform superior color grading on scenes shot in varying […]
PostWorks, New York, a full-service post facility, is using da Vinci’s 2K Plus color enhancement system for post work on the new NBC comedy series 30 Rock.
The producers of 30 Rock said they chose the da Vinci 2K Plus at PostWorks for its ability to perform superior color grading on scenes shot in varying environments. This includes outdoor settings at Rockefeller Center and indoor scenes shot on stage. The 2K Plus allows users to change a variety of elements to suit the look of the new show.
“Unlike traditional half-hour comedies, 30 Rock is a single-camera show, shot partly on stages and partly on location,” said Irene Burns, co-producer for the series. “We want Rockefeller Center and other Manhattan locations to look like another character, and the da Vinci 2K helps us achieve this by changing the look of these places, such as the time of day and the weather. We also like the filmic look it provides.”
The show shoots in office environments that are in the field, as well as on the stage, and PostWorks sometimes needs to match these different locations. The colorist uses the da Vinci 2K Plus to increase and decrease the contrast levels in these scenes. Adding contrast often creates “noise” in the office’s lightly colored walls, which is then lessened using the da Vinci 2K Plus’ DeFocus Plus feature.
There are also several flashback scenes in the new series. PostWorks treats these by using the da Vinci 2K Plus’ PowerWindows feature to create a vignette around the image. The colorists then manipulate and smear the highlights around the perimeter to create a motion blur effect. The PowerWindows tool is also used to create a specific mood that may be desired for a particular scene. In addition, the 2K Plus’ Gallery feature is used to recall previous shows, which enables colorists working on the show to maintain its overall look and feel.
“We’ve found the 2K Plus to be particularly handy for the unique post needs of this series,” said Bobbie Thomas, 30 Rock colorist at PostWorks, New York. “We make considerable use of PowerWindows to draw the viewers’ attention to or away from particular images on the screen. It’s an especially handy tool for location work, where we have less control than we do in a studio setting.”