Essential Killing

Published by Film, Autumn 2010

Poland’s Alvernia Studios uses new Northlight-, Baselight- and Truelight-equipped 4K grading theatre to provide Hollywood calibre post services to independent filmmakers.

KRAKOW, Poland—In the past, when filmmakers wished to give their films a true “studio quality” finish, it was usually necessary to travel to Hollywood or London and engage the services of one of a small handful of mainstay facilities equipped with the necessary state-of-the-art technology. No more. In recent years, facilities all over the globe and often far removed from traditional media centers have built sophisticated digital intermediate style finishing theatres. Equipped with the latest scanning, grading, colour management and finishing technology from FilmLight, these new theatres are making it possible for many more filmmakers to give their work the polished look of a major studio release.

A case point is Essential Killing, the new masterwork from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, which recently won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. A psychological thriller about a Taliban fighter named Mohammed (Vincent Gallo) who escapes from an American-run detention centre in Europe, the film was finished at Alvernia Studios in Krakow, Poland in its recently-built 4K grading theatre. Final post work was conducted entirely in 4K and included scanning the original 35mm film negative on a Northlight 2 scanner and colour grading via Baselight EIGHT. FilmLight’s Truelight technology was used in integrating visual effects elements that arrived from an outside vendor, and in the production of deliverables, which included a DCP package, 35mm prints, and HD elements for home theatre.

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