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Online, color and finishing

2017

Offerings : Leonard Cohen exhibition at the MAC

Leonard Cohen Offerings
Color Grading
Format: 5x screens, synchronized multi-screen projection (60′ x 9′ projection)
Documentary art exhibit:  35 minutes
Producer: Philtre Films – Kara Blake
Projection at the MAC Montreal (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal)

Multi-screen art documentary exploring the life and art of Leonard Cohen. Kara did a masterful job editing this multi-screen piece in After Effects. The images flow across the 5 screens in many different screen combinations (Different image on each screen, large image across 3 center screens,  wide-image across all 5 screen, etc.) This is a pleasure to watch, but hell to conform in DaVinci Resolve! After a few conform tests, we opted to do the color grading directly in After Effects using the integrated Lumetri module. The process was more time-consuming that grading in Resolve, but we could ensure that the complex edit stayed perfectly locked. The new video-scopes in Lumetri were essential for color grading in After Effects.

 

TOKYO IDOLS

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Online / Color Grading / Title animations and design / Packaging
Format: HD 1080
Feature Documentary: 86 minutes
Producer: EyeSteelFilm / Brakeless Films
Broadcaster: BBC, WDR, Arte, DR, SuperChannel
Festival : Sundance, HotDocs

An exploration of the Japanese “Idol” phenomenon and the underground cultures it has inspired. One particular challenge of this film was to unify the look of scenes that were intercut with 10 different cameras, shooting different frame rates. Often a mix of 29.97i, 25p and 25i footage was intercut in the same scene. This made the conform and online process especially challenging. In terms of color, this film was a real treat, Kyoko asked me to push the color in a way that would echo the sensory-overload of downtown Tokyo. I’m especially proud of the animated titles and subtitle in the film that give Tokyo Idols a bright and playful look.

 

RUMBLE: The Indians who Rocked the World

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Color Grading / Animation
Format: HD 1080
Feature Documentary: 103 minutes
Producer: Rezolution Films
Broadcaster: CBC, ARTV, ARTE, HBO Canada, Movie Channel.
Festivals: Sundance Film Festival – Winner Special Jury Prize,
HotDocs Festival – Winner Best Canadian Documentary, HotDocs Audience Award

The amazing untold story of how Native Americans influenced American music especially the Blues, Jazz and Rock ‘n Roll. I worked in collaboration with Tony Manolikakis at Rev 13 Films to do the post-production finishing. Rev 13 was responsible for the conform, online and some color and I was responsible for color, some 15 animations and archival treatment. Because both Rev13 and Studio Hanneman were using DaVinci Resolve as a finishing and color software we were able to work collaboratively.  It was a technically challenging film on a very tight Sundance delivery schedule – and we made it happen!

 

MANIC

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Online / Color Grading/ Packaging
Format: HD 1080
Feature Documentary: 87 minutes
Producer: EyeSteelFilm
Broadcaster: SuperChannel
Festival: HotDocs Festival, Winner “Pay it forward” Prize

One of the key artistic challenges on this film was to integrate many different types of home-movie archival footage raging from Super-8 to VHS and HD. The bulk of the interviews for the film were shot over a 4-year span and included Canon 5D MKII and Sony EX3 footage. The director, Karina, wanted to frame the narrative of her brother in blue/green light and her sister in pink/orange light. In terms of color, this was a fun project to apply different color style/moods to different characters.

 

MOVE


Color Grading
Format: UHD/4K 3840×2160
Dance film: 4 minutes
Producer: Sandy Silva
Festival: San Francisco Dance Film Festival

 

PILGRIMAGE


Color Grading
Format: HD 1080
Dance film: 10 minutes
Producer: Sandy Silva
Festival: Bucharest International Dance Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Krakow Film Festival,

 

JUGAAD


Online / Color Grading/ Packaging
Format: HD 1080
Feature Documentary: 75 minutes
Producer: Susannah Heath-Eves
Broadcaster: CBC Documentary
Festival: Lunenberg Doc Fest

A wonderful trip through Mumbai as we follow colourful characters in their daily adventures. This film was a real treat to color grade, India has such a rich and unique color palette.

 

AMOUR ET ARGENT FONT BON MÉNAGE

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Online / Color Grading / Packaging
Format: HD 1080
Feature Documentary: 45 minutes
Producer: Sophie Bisonnette, Relais Femmes, Autorité de Marchés Financiers

A documentary video to be used as a teaching resource to inform Quebec couples of the legal and financial distinctions between common-law unions and marriages.

 

2015-2016

ONLINE EDITOR at POST-MODERNE

Online editing, finishing, credits and subtitles
with occasional color work and VFX.

It was an enriching experience to work on so many good projects
alongside a team of talented colorists and post-production technicians.

 

2014

CHAMELEON

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Online / Color Grading
Format: HD 1080
Feature Documentary: 78 minutes
Producer: EyeSteelFilm
Broadcaster: The Movie Network, Movie Central, in competition at IDFA Festival

This film follows Ghanaian investigative reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas as he goes undercover to set up covert investigations and report on crime. The challenge of this film was to blur and reframe the main character’s face in a way that didn’t detract from the story. The blur styles were adapted to each scene and were then tracked and animated so that they didn’t interfere with other elements in the scene. The main concern when reframing was to maximize image quality. The main technique was using resize keyframes in a way that complemented the hand-held camera movements along with Resolve’s resizing capabilities.

 

JUANICAS

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Online / Color Grading
Format: HD 1080
Feature Documentary: 77 minutes
Producer: EyeSteelFilm
Broadcaster: Festival Distribution

Shot over the course of 10 years, Juanicas is a powerful film that portrays the impact mental illness has on a family. The main challenge of this project was to conform many different formats and frame rates into DaVinci Resolve. The formats on this project included Super 8, DV 4:3, DV Anamorphic, DV Cinema-style (29.97 shot as 24), DVCPRO HD (960×720), HDVi60 (1440×1080), 1080p2398 footage and 1080i60 animations. The film was given a unified “untreated” look while adding just enough “denoize” so that the grain in the low-light footage was not distracting.

 

THE FAMILY FARM

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Online / Color Grading
Format: HD 1080
Feature Documentary
Producer: Rotating Planet
Broadcaster: Documentary Channel (CBC)

This was the first documentary I finished that was primarily shot using the Sony F55 camera. During the color grading process, I was impressed by who much detail I could pull from the highlights. I could also boost the shadows substantially without creating too much noise. I only used my trusty Neat Video Denoiser a couple of times on the entire edit!

 

THE WANDERING MUSE

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Online-Editor / Color Grading
Format: HD 1080
Feature Documentary
Producer: Artesian Films
Broadcaster: Documentary Channel (CBC), ARTV (SRC), SuperChannel, Theatrical

Finished using AVID Symphony and DaVinci Resolve, this documentary was shot over several years with a variety of different camera formats and archival footage. The initial conform went very well, AVID really shines with these types of large, complex, multi-format projects.
The main focus of this documentary is music in the Jewish diaspora. I would always find myself whistling the tunes from the doc days after having worked on it!

 

2013

JINGLE BELL ROCKS

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Online-Editor / Color Grading
Format: HD 1080
Feature Documentary
Producer: EyeSteelFilm
Broadcaster: Theatrical Distribution, BellMedia/CTV, The Knowledge Network

A really fun music documentary on Christmas music! This was a particularly challenging conform, with 5 separate timeline deliveries to integrate into a master DaVinci Resolve project. The footage was also shot over many years using 7 different cameras and lots of archival footage.
To give the film a sense of energy and vibrant kitch color style, I opted for a technicolor-technique whereby the color channels of the source video are separated as RGB and re-combined as CMY to extract a maximum amount of color information.
On some of the codecs, this pushed the video to its limit, creating some noise in the process that I subdued with the latest version of Neat Video.

 

2012

LA COURSE ÉVASION AUTOUR DU MONDE ÉDITION 2012

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Offline/Online – Color Grading – Graphics & Packaging
Format: HD 1080
TV Series: 11x 45 minutes, 2x 78 minutes
Producer: Groupe Serdy
Broadcaster: Canal Évasion

This is the second year for I participate in this travel/adventure/reality TV Series. Tight deadlines, high production value, complex FCP projects and lots of great footage always makes this series a pleasure to work on.

 

TURNAROUND TANGO

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Online – Color Grading
Format: HD 1080
Short Film: 7 minutes
Producer: Video Signatures
Broadcaster: Festival Distribution

A intriguing dance film where two characters tango without seeing each other, until the very end. A challenging color grading job as most of the film is on a white background and the white tones evolve from warm to cool during the performance.

 

OUT OF MIES

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Online – Color Grading – Packaging
Format: 2.5K (2528 x 1080)
Documentary: 26 minutes
Producer: Compagnie de Brune
Broadcaster: Museum display, Festival

This film showcases the architectural works of Ludwig Mies de Rohe in Montreal. The concept behind the grading was to establish three different scenes with a 1960s Technicolor feel. Finished in 2.5K on Davinci Resolve.

 

DAFEENA

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Online – Color Grading – Packaging
Format: HD 1080
Documentary: 6 minutes
Producer: Mouvement Perpétuel
Broadcaster: Bravo!, Festival Distribution

A visually rich work filmed using lens flares, shallow depth and tilt shift. The final result is an amazingly textured dance performance set in a quarry.

BUZKASHI!

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Online – Color Grading – Packaging
Format: HD 1080
Documentary: 83 minutes
Producer: Oxus Films
Broadcaster: Superchannel, HotDocs Festival

This film chronicles some of Tajikistans top Buzkashi players over several years. Shot with many different cameras, frame rates, and raster sizes, this was one of the most challenging conform jobs I’ve ever done. The result is a film with a unified look that explores the exotic game of Buzkashi and gives a window into Tajik cultures and values.

 

2011

LA COURSE ÉVASION AUTOUR DU MONDE ÉDITION 2011

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Offline/Online – Color Grading – Graphics & Packaging
Format: HD 1080
TV Series: 12x 45 minutes
Producer: Groupe Serdy
Broadcaster: Canal Évasion

A challenging post contract where FCP projects are sent from a different location in the world every week. The weeks starts by relinking all media shot from 8 different cameras and then editing in the footage of the judges shot locally in Montreal.

 

LES TICKETS

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Online – Color Grading – Animation Packaging
Format: HD 1080
Documentary: 48 minutes
Producer: EyeSteelFilm
Broadcaster: Canal D – Astral Media

An exposé on how the Montreal Police creatively interpret the citys bi-laws to relentlessly ticket the homeless until they have to go to prison for unpaid fines.

 

INSIDE LARA ROXX

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Online – Color Grading – Packaging
Format: HD 1080 – SD 16:9 – muliformat sources
Documentary feature: 88 minutes
Producer: EyeSteelFilm
Broadcaster: SuperChannel

A compelling character portrait of a porn actress who contracted HIV during a performance.

 

AVENUERS

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Online – Grading Packaging
Format: HD 1080 – 16mm Black and White source
Short cinéma-vérité film: 10 minutes
Producer: Rob Santaguida
Festival distribution

A stylish black and white 16mm cinema-vérité look at the quirky residents of Montreals Verdun Avenues.

2010

THE ULUIT – CHAMPIONS OF THE NORTH

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Online – Color Grading – Versioning – Tape Outputs
Format: HD 1080 – SD 4:3
Documentary mini series: 5x 22 minutes
Producer: Rotating Planet
Broadcaster: APTN

Features a Inuit womens hockey team from Inukjuaq in their daily struggles and victories as they train and play for the Great Whale Cup.

 

THE INSTRUMENT BANK

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Online – Color Grading – Outputs
Format: HD 1080
Documentary: 48 minutes
Producer: Rotating Planet
Broadcaster: Bravo!

Follows young Canadian classical music talent as they compete for a chance to play prize instruments loaned by the Canadian Council for the Arts.

 

L’IMPOSTURE

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Online – Color Grading – Packaging Graphics
Format: HD 1080
Documentary: 93 minutes
Producer: Les Productions du Rapide Blanc
Broadcaster: SRC, Theatrical Release

This documentary chronicles the lives of sex workers in Quebec and illustrates how psychologically and physically damaging this profession really is.

 

2009

FALLING

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Online – Color Grading
Format: HD 1080
Short Film : 5 minutes
Producer: Mouvement Perpétuel
Broadcaster: Bravo!

Short dance film based on the true story of a dancer who lost mobility after a stage accident. Electrifying and heartfelt.

 

HAND TO HAND

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Online – Color Grading – Outputs
Format: HD 1080
Short Film : 3 minutes
Producer: Artesian Films
Broadcaster: Vancouver Olympics C.O.R.E.

Visually stunning short film shot with the 5D showing hands performing different actions.

 

QUARANTAINE

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Online – Color Grading – Packaging
Format: HD 1080 – multiformat sources
Documentary: 48 minutes
Producer: Mouvement Perpétuel
Broadcaster: ARTV

A fun documentary that follows 4 dances whove reached their 40s. A mix of dance performance, interviews and animations.

 

LAST TRAIN HOME

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Color Grading
Format: HD 1080 – multiformat sources
Documentary feature: 68 minutes
Producer: EyeSteelFilm
Broadcaster: Channel 4, CBC, PBS, Theatrical Release, Sundace Film Festival, Winner “Best Documentary at IDFA

Illustrates in cinema-vérité style the incredible hardships of a displaced peasant family as the parents try to make a living in the far away garment factories. They try to return home for the Chinese New Year holiday but so are 130 million other workers. Cinematic and haunting, one of my favourite shots is a train going over a bridge in winter. Apparently, they had to hike all day to get that shot, it was worth it!

 

BAS! BEYOND THE RED LIGHT

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Online – Color Grading – Packaging
Format: HD 1080 – multiformat sources
Documentary feature: 75 minutes
Producer: Les Productions du Rapide Blanc
Broadcaster: Canal D, Festival Versioning

Touching documentary shot in Mumbai following 13 girls at a shelter that rescues girls imprisoned in the underground sex industry.

 

TAXI CASABLANCA

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Online – Color Grading – Packaging – Credit Graphics Versioning
Format: HD 1080
Documentary – 52 min TV – 68 min Festival
Producer : Safran Films
Broadcaster: TV5

A documentary following the unique trials of a woman taxi-driver in Morocco. A frank look at womens issues in an islamic country. She drive an old beat-up 1970s Mercedes sedan vey stylish.

 

JUMP! THE WORLDS GREATEST STREAKERS

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Online – Color Grading – Packaging – Versioning
Format: SD 16:9 – multiformat sources
Documentary : 52 minutes
Producer: Takeover Films / Endorphin Films
Broadcaster: CBC, Documentary Canada

A fun project following sport event streakers, and focuses on the story of a notorious Spanish streaker “Jimmy Jump”.

 

PILGRIMAGE

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Online – Color Grading – Packaging – Versioning
Format: HD 720/1080
Documentary : 48 min. TV 55 min. TV 68 min. Festival
Producer: Necessary Illusions
Broadcaster: Bravo!

Veteran producer/director Peter Wintonik goes on a road trip with his daughter to visit sites of historical significance in the evolution of cinema and communication.

 

HALF LIFE TV COMMERCIAL

Online – Color Grading – Animation
Format: SD: 4:3
TV Commercial – 15 seconds
Producer : The Centaur Theater Company
Broadcasters : CBC, SRC

Partnered with Centaur Theatre for several years helping with video and broadcast needs.

 

FESTIVAL ACCÈS ASIE 2008 TV COMMERCIAL

Online – Color Grading – Animation
Format: SD: 4:3
TV Commercial – 15 seconds
Producer : Festival Accès Asie
Broadcasters : CBC, SRC

Partnered with Festival Accès Asie for several years helping with video and broadcast needs.

 

UP THE YANGTZE

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Broadcast Versioning and packaging from Festival HD Master
Format : HD 1080 – SD 16:9
Documentary – 84 min, 63 min , 52 min
Producer : EyeSteelFilm
Broadcasters : PBS, CBC, SRC

An intimate portrait of a Chinese family displaced by the 3 Gorges Dam flooding on the Yangtze river. This story, directed by Yung Chang, illustrates on a human scale what is happening in China: modernisation, urbanization, epic infrastructure projects and government power.

 

2007

TO DUBLIN WITH LOVE

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Online – Color Grading – Versioning
Format: HD 1080
Documentary – 45 minutes
Producer : Morag Productions
Broadcasters : CBC, Bravo!, Knowledge Network, SCN, Festival Versioning

A nice heartfelt, musical, road-trip documentary by veteran producer/director Barbara Doran about the cultural connection between Newfoundland and Ireland.

 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – TAKING BACK SUNDAY

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Online – Color Grading
Format: HD 1080
Music Video Animation 4 minutes
Producer : Warner Brothers / Darren Pasemko
Broadcasters : MTV / Much Music / Web

Animator/illustrator and film director, Darren Pasemko hired me to finalize his music video project. Very funny short piece, totally off the wall animated video. Darren gave me a fun challenge, to make this animation look like it had been recorded to a VHS tape!

 

2006

PUNK LE VOTE

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Online – Color Grading – Animation
Format: SD 16:9
Documentary: 48 minutes
Producer : EyeSteelFilm
Broadcasters : IFC, Canal D / Astral Media

This was a fun project with a punk aesthetic. Roach, the director, asked me to do some animations illustrating some of his narration. After he saw what I could do, he said “wow! Can you make the Canadian Parliament Buildings blow-up??” And I did, with After Effects explosives.

 

BUTTE

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Online – Color Grading – Outputs
Format: SD 16:9
Short Film: 6 minutes
Producer : Mouvement Perpétuel
Broadcasters : Bravo!, CTV, APTN

Inspiring short dance film set in southern Alberta, feature dancer-choreographer Byron Chief-Moon.

 

BONE

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Online – Color Grading – Outputs
Format: SD 16:9
Documentary: 48 minutes
Producer : EyeSteelFilm
Broadcasters : Bravo! SBS Australia

This was my first color grading / online contract. Mila, the producer and DoP for this project warned me that the film was shot with different cameras formats in challenging lighting conditions.

After the project had aired, I was happy to receive me an email from Mila saying how the broadcaster thought the project looked beautiful and flowed well. It was the start of my independent color grading career and ongoing collaboration with EyeSteelFilm.