Posting Reality TV Shows
Technicolor-PostWorks New York (www.technicolorpwny.com) handles post production for a number of series and specials from Peacock Productions. But Deadline: Crime has “a very unique workflow for this type of programming — a much more feature film-style color grading process,” says senior finishing editor and colorist Sean R. Smith.
“Creative editorial occurs in HD on Avid Media Composer 6.5 in the Peacock Production offices at 30 Rock, and I receive a conformed XDCAM 50 HD sequence,” he says. “We open that sequence in Symphony, create a textless mixdown, and then import the mixdown into the [Digital Vision] Nucoda FilmMaster for color grading. Titling, blurs, compositing and outputs to HDCAM SR happen back in Symphony after the completion of color.”
Deadline: Crime is entirely file-based, with the Canon C300 as the primary camera and Canon 5D Mark III and Mark II as the B and C cameras. “They shoot the C300 in Canon C-log mode for a filmic image response,” Smith explains. “Within FilmMaster, we start by applying our own C-Log to Rec 709 transform. We then process the color essentially as we would for a feature digital intermediate.”
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Brandt Gassman & Sean R. Smith at Technicolor-Postworks, NY color grading Deadline Crime with Tamron Hall.