Australian Company Strives For Oscar Success

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When the Oscar winners are read out tomorrow there will be one Australian company listening on with baited breath as they have a number of nominations over various categories. Blackmagic Design is best known for its camera gear and post production software, which is used on more than 80% of Hollywood films, concerts and streaming services from “Marvel”, and “Game of Thrones” to Disney’s live action remake of “The Lion King” and Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road World Tour”. Blackmagic Design products, such as its DaVinci Resolve Studio and Pocket Cinema Camera 6K were used on the following nominated films ranging from Best Motion Picture, Best International Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature and Achievement in Visual Effects:
  • “Mulan” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Natasha Leonnet at Company 3;
  • “Minari” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by David Cole at Fotokem. DP Lachlan Milne ACS, NZCS also used DaVinci Resolve Studio to create LUTs for the film prior to production;
  • “Another Round” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Emil Eriksson at Zentropa;
  • “Hunger Ward” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by John Davidson. Pocket Cinema Camera 6K used to shoot a number of scenes;
  • “The Mole Agent” Colorist Ismael Cabrera Echeverría of Filmo Estudios used DaVinci Resolve Studio for final color adjustments and mastering, along with a DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G;
  • “News of the World” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Stephen Nakamura of Company 3;
  • “One and Only Ivan” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Rob Pizzey of Goldcrest Post Production London;
  • “Feeling Through” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Cullen Kelly; and
  • “Love and Monsters” DP Lachlan Milne, ACS, NZCS also used DaVinci Resolve Studio to create LUTs for the film prior to production.
Hunger Ward, which has been nominated in the Best Short Documentary category, was shot in an active war zone in Yemen, using Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. The film’s director of photography, Jeffrey Bell, spruiked Blackmagic’s pocket-sized camera, which allowed his team to discreetly capture unique and powerful moments on its journey following two female health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation.

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