Manchester, UK - August 28, 2014 - London’s Goldcrest Post continues the expansion of its Academy Award and BAFTA winning post production services with the addition of three new digital intermediate (DI) theatrical grading suites featuring DaVinci Resolve.
Goldcrest has already used its theatrical grading suites for the DI on Kingsman: The Secret Service, Inbetweeners 2, Breaking the Bank, Suite Francaise and Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic. With access to the very latest in DI creative technology and workflows of DaVinci Resolve 11, Goldcrest’s Lexington Street picture post department, which includes leading colorists Adam Glasman, Rob Pizzey and Lee Clappison, is now the only facility in Soho to offer its clients complete audio and picture finishing services for major theatrical releases all under the same roof.
The DaVinci Resolve workflow for Goldcrest’s main DI suites relies on multiple 4GPU Linux DaVinci Resolves for editing and grading, and also includes multiple 1 GPU Linux and Mac Resolves for preparation and lab work. Goldcrest’s two main DI suites feature a 10 meter throw with 6.5 meter screens including the latest Barco DCI projector. All DaVinci Resolve workstations are connected to a half Petabyte San Media storage system insuring playback and realtime grading for multiple 4K streams.
Blackmagic reseller Jigsaw24 proposed the highest specification DaVinci Resolve servers to run the grading and online suites, all on Linux. “This ensured a uniformity across the creative suites, providing easier support and interoperability in the facility,” explained Jigsaw’s Jamie Allan. “The grading and online systems were all built identically, so online playback could be achieved in realtime, without the need for rendering from a grade. All of the systems are powered by Nvidia Titan GPU processing cards.”
“The scope and scale of the features that will go through our facility means that our project management has to be watertight,” said Laurent Treherne, chief technology director of Goldcrest Post who oversaw the upgrade “Using DaVinci Resolve throughout our editorial pipeline has given us a more efficient and flexible workflow because we are using a centralized database. DI, online editing and conform can now be done using the same project files without the need to render any files or translate and check XML data. Jigsaw’s technical consultancy and extensive knowledge of DaVinci Resolve has been essential to the project’s success.”
“This new post production infrastructure demonstrates our commitment to entering the UK picture post arena. As we have secured some of the very best talent in the industry, we had to ensure that our colorists, editors and assistants had an environment offering the highest technological and aesthetic qualities in which to work,” explains Goldcrest Post managing director Patrick Malone. “Our heritage in film financing and distribution establishes our credibility within the feature production industry, and by adding world class post production services to our facilities, clients will have access to a unique, fully integrated service.
Product photos of DaVinci Resolve are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.
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Goldcrest is a vertically integrated entertainment company.
From offices in New York and London Goldcrest offers a unique integrated solution for producers of filmed entertainment globally. Highly skilled talent, expertise and experience underpin the company’s activities in three distinct operational areas:
Goldcrest Films oversees the distribution and marketing of films produced by Goldcrest and third-party acquisitions in addition to monetising Goldcrest’s celebrated library of over 100 titles and recently announced they will be financing and distributing Brooklyn Bridge to which Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star, starting at the forthcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
Goldcrest Post is a market leading supplier of Academy Award and BAFTA winning post-production services.
Goldcrest Finance raises funds and structures transactions in the media sector and has funded films ranging in budget from $3 million to $98 million, of which four have opened at number 1 at the US box office.