Leading digital intermediate (DI) colorist Peter Doyle, creative director and supervising colorist for The Lord of the Rings epic film trilogy, made a three-day visit to China on July 9-11.
On the first day of his visit, Doyle toured the China Film Group Digital Production Base Ltd., located inside the Beijing Lab, and equipped with a wide range of scanning and output facilities to facilitate more convenient processing. The whole facility has been newly decorated; however plans are afoot to move operations to Rhiyu in the near future. The facility is equipped with a total of four sets of Arrilaser, and one set has recently been shipped to Germany for upgrading to Arrilaser 2.
The visit then moved on to the Rhiyu facilities. After a short tour of the Computer Graphic Images workshop, the touring party made their way to the screening room where Doyle held his seminar.
Surprisingly, a total of 67 participants attended the seminar.
Breakdown of Attendees.
From the Digital Production Base Ltd., 25 persons; Computer Graphic Images dept (16); Color Timing (5); Technicians (4)
Changchun Lab 2 persons (Color Timers);
Xi'an Digital Production Ltd., 2 persons; (General manager & 1 color Timer);
Beijing Film School 21 persons (3 Lecturers; and 18 students from their cinematography, digital production and color timer classes)
Beijing Lab; 7 persons (Quality Control div. 2; Color Timer 4; and 2 persons in charge of processing machines) From the production side, there were 7 persons who are directors (Commercial & feature) and Special, Visual Effects production and direction and 3 cinematographers.
After a talk by Doyle on the changes of post production from the traditional linear processing to DI to enable the commencement of color timing along with editing and shooting, he introduced the audience to the set of tools he created himself and the working environment he looks for in his works. The participants appeared greatly impressed by the seriousness that Doyle requires in order to achieve the best results. Doyle had prepared several charts for his seminar; unfortunately, however, these could not be duplicated for the members of the audience. However, most of the audience appeared to be very familiar already with the technical functions and may look for something similar for their future works. They learned of the various factors that they should pay special attention to and a tool to calibrate their machines in order to acquire the correct tones.
Following the seminar a reel of film was screened to demonstrate the real images of the charts. Then the seminar turned to the introduction of the Fujifilm product ETERNA-RDI, with a detailed PowerPoint presentation and a reel of demo film clearly showing the excellent performances of the RDI.
After a lively question and answer session concluded a successful seminar, the group adjourned for lunch. In the afternoon, the whole group returned to Beijing city and visited Technicolor (Beijing) Focus Visual Technology Ltd., which is also located inside one of the buildings in the Beijing Lab compound. Chief Operation Officer, Jiang Yanming , appeared very impressed with the new RDI product, and expressed interest in testing the new product in the hope that it may further enhance image quality without increased costs. Doyle and his group were then given a tour of all the facilities inside the Beijing Lab.
Overall, Fujifilm was able to show the China motion picture industry that it is very supportive. However, it is important that Fujifilm try to create more opportunities for members of the China motion picture industry learn from the more advanced technologies and working practices, along with continuing to provide the most technological advanced products into China to improve image quality. Fujifilm also promised to dispatch technicians to further aid communication with the Chinese motion picture industry to enhance understanding and ensure that Fujifilm is able to continue providing an excellent service.