The gang is back but the game has changed in “Jumanji: The Next Level” from Columbia Pictures. A follow up to 2017 box office juggernaut “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” this outing finds the players on a journey into parts unknown and unexplored – from arid deserts to snow mountains – in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game. Director Jake Kasdan and Cinematographer Gyula Pados, HSC, tapped EFILM Senior Colorist Mitch Paulson to handle color finishing on the film, which including 2D, 3D, SDR theatrical, Dolby Cinema theatrical, Dolby Vision home video, and ScreenX multi-projection format deliverables.

“The filmmakers wanted to make sure the jungle felt familiar, but beyond that we were able to create unique looks for the new environments,” described Paulson. “The look is very colorful as Gyula likes a lot of color contrast – a warm scene for example with blue lights in the background of shop fronts. This makes it always feel like there’s separation in the image and not a wash of color.”

During filming, a Kodak Vision LUT created by Paulson was used to help establish the base look, with EC3 Colorist Mark Lulkin handling the dailies on set. Paulson had previously worked with Pados on “Maze Runner: Scorched Trials,” which allowed the pair to quickly pick up their creative shorthand. For the final finish, they worked together out of a DI theater on the Sony Entertainment lot in Culver City, with Kasdan joining for occasional sessions. The Dolby Cinema and 3D passes were done at Deluxe’s Stage One state-of-the-art color grading environment in Hollywood to provide optimal viewing of the advanced formats.

“There are a few thousand visual effects elements in the movie and it was quite the process keeping on top of all the versions dropping in and maintaining a seamless look. In many cases I individually adjusted the various mattes to blend elements within the shot and even keyframe animated a few clouds to help everything line up just right,” explained Paulson. “Filming in Hawaii also came with challenges. The sun can change significantly from one shot to the next so I had ensure continuity throughout in the color finish.”

For more information, showtimes, and tickets please visit: https://www.sonypictures.com/movies/jumanjithenextlevel

Related

93gdhL3g

AWS Cloud Empowers Tangent Animation for “Next Gen” and Beyond

With only 25 percent of the project’s rendering completed and three months until delivery, Tangent looked to AWS Thinkbox to help them scale compute resources with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), ultimately completing more than 65 percent of the film’s rendering with AWS.

Levels Beyond Launches Reach Engine Collaborate at IBC2015

Levels Beyond will introduce Reach Engine Collaborate at IBC2015. The new Collaborate toolset will be available to all users of Reach Engine, Levels Beyond's software platform providing streamlined media management, distribution, optimization and monetization capabilities. Collaborate eliminates the common file sharing problems associated with today's complex digital workflows for Reach Engine users.

IMG_0505

AJA FS-HDR Powers First-Ever Simultaneous UltraHD HDR / HD SDR Broadcast for South Korean Audiences

The Seoul-based broadcaster’s first foray into high dynamic range transmissions was in 2018 for the Russian World Cup. For broadcasting “Bear,” MBC required a solution capable of transmitting content from an HDR source to HDR and SDR destinations concurrently. To manage the workflow, MBC enlisted AJA’s FS-HDR real-time HDR converter and frame synchronizer to run UltraHD HDR to HD SDR conversion, enabling real-time broadcast to audiences in either format. Based upon the HDR and resolution capabilities of their televisions, viewers could watch either version of the program at the same moment in time.