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November 9th 2018
Heavy graphics and animation integration can be a challenging part in any workflow but with proper foresight and planning it can be quite simple.

After Effects is notorious for not always cooperating with other software so we set out to create a workflow that would make this part of the process much easier. The answer to this was good old fashioned excel sheets and timecodes, no fancy EDLs or XMLs. Proxies were made of the R3D footage with their proper dimensions for a lighter workload while working in AE. Once the finals composites were ready we then made an inventory of the used material in a spreadsheet and created a color timeline in Davinci Resolve that mirrored those exact frames needed in the composites.

From there we outputed the final media to be used in the final composites. After a few back and forth renders to perfect the color palettes and blending we had a final product.

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Technical Specifications:
Location: Montreal
Shot On: Red Helium
Recording Format: Redcode Raw
Conformed: Resolve Manual Conform
Graded: Davinci Resolve 15
Finished: Adobe After Effects
Delivery Format: DHxHR 4444 10bit Source Resolution

Credits:
Production Company: Pusher
Producer: Evren Boisjoli
Director: Sebastien Camden
Director of Photography: Derek Branscombe
Compositing: Sebastien Camden
Colorist: Martin Gaumond
Post Production Coordinator: Simon Allard

 

Brotherhood By Meryam Joobeur

October 10th 2018
Brotherhood is a short film directed by our dear friend Meryam Joobeur. It is a short film that deals with difficult issues with tact and thoughtfulness. It brings those issues forward in a unique way.

Outpost coordinated the co-production between the Canadian and Tunisian branches of the film to ensure that all the post production process was seamless.

We received the files from Tunisia and immediately started to work on them even before the edit. An Arri Alexa with Sigma lense set was the shooting package. It turned out to be a very interesting combination for natural light photography. The highlights and rolloffs, both in shadow and highlights, had a very smooth an pleasing effect already.

We were looking to emulate a certain fuji film stock. We worked extensively with director of photography Vincent Gonneville we tested out many directions to help get us as close as possible. Finding the balance between a degraded image and a film look is a fine balance. After a few iterations and screening tests, we managed to settle on the look you see in the stills; a natural but crisp look.

For lack of a trailer here is the synopsis:

Mohamed is a hardened shepherd living in rural Tunisia with his wife and two sons. His life is shaken when his oldest son Malik secretly returns home from Syria with a new wife named Reem, a mysterious Syrian woman who wears the niqab. Malik’s mother and younger brothers are quick to embrace Malik’s return but Mohamed is uncomfortable with his presence and potential radical influence on the family. The tension between father and son rises over the course of three days until finally reaching a breaking point.

Brotherhood premiered at TIFF this past September and the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in October. In both cases it won top prize in its category! Outpost is extremely proud to have contributed to this great project made by amazing people.

Online Editor: Simon Allard
Editor: Anouk Deschênes
Sound Mixer: Théo Porcet

Credits:
Production Company: Midi la Nuit
Produced: Maria Gracia Turgeon & Annick Blanc
Director: Meryam Joobeur
Director of Photography: Vincent Gonneville
Colorist: Martin Gaumond

Conformed: Flame - 4K DPX 10bit
Graded: Davinci Resolve 15
Finished: Autodesk Flame
Delivery Format: ProRes 4444 10bit UHD

Technical Specifications:
Location: Tunisia
Shot On: Arri Alexa Mini
Recording Format: PRORES4444 3.2K

 

March 6th 2018
Food and photography often go hand-in-hand when it comes to advertisement. When our friends from Consulat came to us with this concept by Mathieu Lévesque, we jumped on board and tackled this project head-on.

From pre-production meeting to client services, we provided the full image post-production service for this project. Advising the team on what to do in order to have a smooth experience, planning the workflow ahead, and providing support during production.

This project was shot using the new RED Monstro Series 8K camera package. It allowed for a fantastic range of choice during the edit and finishing thanks to the image’s exceptional sharpness and clarity.

We teamed up with our fantastic neighbours Cult Nation who handled all the audio postproduction. This optimized the time and energy of the creative team and the client, enabling them to go from online to mix and back to online in less time than it takes to walk down the hallway.

Major shout out to Consulat for the trust and to Cult Nation for being amazing collaborators. Look for the ad on your favourite local TV network!

Technical Specifications:
Location: Montreal
Shot On: Red Epic Weapon Monstro 8K VV
Recording Format: Redcode Raw 8192 × 4320 5:1 24fps
Conformed: Flame - 4K DPX 10bit
Graded: Davinci Resolve 14
Finished: Autodesk Flame
Delivery Format: ProRes 4444 10bit UHD

Credits:
Production Company: Consulat
Producer: Éliane Sauvé
Director: Mathieu Lévesque
Director of Photography: John Londono
Editor: Mathieu Dumont
Compositing: Simon Allard
Colorist: Martin Gaumond

Online Editor: Simon Allard
Post-production Assistant: Lou-Andréa Fière
Sound Mixer: Jean-David Perron
Sound Effects: Théo Porcet
Music Research: Sophie Bérubé
Sound Coordinator: Laurence Provencher

 

March 5th 2018
Travelling long distances in order to shoot a video clip can be considered a luxury these days but it can pay off in a big way if you are after different landscapes to fill your images. There is something eerie in these voodoo themed images coupled with the New Orleans backdrop. Everything here was shot with entirely natural light by the talented Mael Demarcy and only subtly enhanced in the grade.

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Technical Specifications:

  • Location: California & New Orleans
  • Shot On: Sony F55
  • Recording Format: 2K DCI XAVC 10bit
  • Lenses: NA
  • Conformed: Davinci Resolve - 4K DPX 10bit
  • Graded: Davinci Resolve
  • Finished: Premiere Pro CC
  • Delivery Format: DNxHR HQX 10bit UHD

Credits:
Production Company: DAVAI
Director: Mael Demarcy
Director of Photography: Mael Demarcy
VFX 3D: DAVAI
Compositing: Guillaume Chaboud - DAVAI
Colorist: Martin Gaumond
Online Editor: DAVAI
Watch On: Youtube

 

March 6th 2018
Mixing film and digital mediums and trying to make them blend is quite the challenge, especially when looking at 16mm film and Arri Alexa footage. Both are on quite different levels. For Paradise "Motion" we tried to make both mediums meet somewhere in the middle. By adding a fine sharp grain to the 16mm we were able to increase the perceived resolution and detail in the 16mm film to give it a slightly more defined texture. We treated the Alexa footage with the opposite approach. Adding a bit of diffusion and lens blurs to the fine details allowed us to reduce the resolution just enough. We then re-grained the image.

The process is in perpetual refinement but it does seem to have promising potential.

Technical Specifications:

  • Locations: Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans
  • Shot On: Alexa Mini, Bolex
  • Recording Format: 2k Prores, 16mm HD Telecine
  • Conformed: Autodesk Flame - 2K DPX Sequence
  • Graded: Davinci Resolve
  • Finished: Autodesk Flame - PR444
  • Delivery Format: 2K 16:9

Credits:
Production Company: Cult Nation
Director: Sébastien Duguay
Director of Photography: Sébastien Duguay
Editor: Alexandre Pelletier
Colorist: Martin Gaumond
Online Editor: Maritn Gaumond
Listen On: Atlantic Records
Watch On: Youtube

 

March 7th 2018
Quite a small team from DAVAI crafted this engaging music video for Coco Méliès' song "Wasted Years". The concept called for relatively heavy VFX and they delivered. All the VFX arrived in the grade with separate compositing masks which allowed us to really dial in the grade on each element separately. Resolve 14 made it surprisingly easy to manage and work on multiple layers and masks while preserving real-time performance.

Technical Specifications:

  • Location: Montreal
  • Shot On: Sony F55
  • Recording Format: 4K DCI XAVC 10bit
  • Lenses: Zeis Super Speeds
  • Conformed: Davinci Resolve - 4K DPX 10bit
  • Graded: Davinci Resolve
  • Finished: Premiere Pro CC
  • Delivery Format: DNxHR HQX 10bit 4096x1719

Credits:
Production Company: DAVAI
Director: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Director of Photography: Mael Demarcy
Editor: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
VFX 3D: Black Cog Visual Effects
Compositing: Guillaume Chaboud - DAVAI
Colorist: Martin Gaumond
Online Editor: DAVAI
Watch On: Youtube

 

February 12th 2018
Complex editing can often be a challenge to recreate when onlining any project and Kae Sun's "Treehouse" was no exception. This project gave us the opportunity to try out new workflows in order to automate most of the process and to preserve the highest level of detail possible. Autodesk Flame allowed us to easily separate the clips requiring extra manipulation from the clips that could be conformed right away. We made sure we had a good base sequence and exported a DPX sequence that we ingested into Davinci Resolve while the final conform tweaks were still being worked on in parallel back in flame. As the final shots are completed and rendered out, the DPX sequence is updated in the background and we can deliver the project on time. The colourist never needs to worry about which files to import and can instead remain concentrated on his work.

Technical Specifications:

  • Location: Montreal
  • Shot On: Red Epic Dragon
  • Recording Format: R3D 8:1 6k 2:1 Anamorphic
  • Lenses: Kowa
  • Conformed: Autodesk Flame - 4K DPX Sequence
  • Graded: Davinci Resolve
  • Finished: Premiere Pro - PR444
  • Delivery Format: 4K DCI Scope

Credits:
Production Company: Achromatic Media
Director: Epher Heiland
Director of Photography: Roland Cody Larocque
Editor: Travis Komarnisky
Colorist: Martin Gaumond
Online Editor: Martin Gaumond
Listen On: Moonshine
Watch On: Youtube