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Australian post house turns to Bones Dailies for ‘Wolverine’ project

Australian post house Cutting Edge used DFT Digital Film Technology’s Bones Dailies post-production workflow solution to deliver dailies for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off prequel “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

A turnkey, scalable software solution, Bones Dailies managed the entire dailies production process from 30fps ingest at 25 percent faster than real time to the creation of a color-graded dailies master.

“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was shot in Australia and New Zealand over 21 weeks on about 850,000ft of film, roughly 157 hours of footage, using as many as 11 film cameras on some days.

It was filmed on the Arriflex 435, with Primo and Angenieux lenses, and on the Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, with Primo and Angenieux lenses. The project used Kodak Super 35mm Vision2 200T 5217 and Vision3 500T 5219 stocks. The dailies were delivered on about 130 Digital Betacam tapes, 500 XDCAM disks, 400 HDCAM SR tapes and 2500 DVDs.

Bones Dailies provided fast and accurate AV synchronization using intelligent algorithms and offered integrated color-correction capabilities as well as support for ASC-based color grading for interchange with DI systems. Through the use of the Color Decision List standard developed by the American Society of Cinematographers, color decisions made in Bones Dailies were retained in the system and used to form the basis of the final grade.

Traditional dailies require many of the processes to be done on the telecine. Bones Dailies takes the process offline into a file-based environment, changing the way dailies are managed. The nonlinear, digital approach helps to free up the telecine, allowing facilities to optimize their telecine suite to offer new service opportunities.

With Bones Dailies, Cutting Edge was able to scan the 35mm negative on its Spirit 4K DataCine, apply best light color correction with its daVinci 2K and record uncompressed HD 4:4:4 images in real time to EditShare disks.

Once in Bones Dailies, the lab rolls were marked up manually according to the scene, take and camera, and all metadata was maintained by Bones Dailies in its internal database, alongside the keycode information coming from the Spirit 4K.

Location audio was imported into Bones Dailies faster than real time, and specially designed algorithms analyzed each file, identifying sticks/slate closures. Audio and image synchronization was semi-automatic based on a variety of sync markers.

See DFT Digital Film Technology at IBC2009 Stand 7.E39.