And They’re Off and Guido were shot on different cameras by two different DPs. They were also edited on different nonlinear editing systems. And the look and feel of each movie had to be completely different, requiring different color-correction techniques and tools. Yet they both came to Hollywood DI for color grading at the same time. Both had tight deadlines, and believe it or not, both were completed successfully with the same system.
DaVinci Resolve allowed me to bring the feature to the next level in terms of production quality and audience appeal…
—Colorist Bjorn Myrholt
Hollywood DI colorists Bjorn Myrholt and Andrew Balis used Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve software to bring the respective visions of each director to life.
And They’re Off is a comedy starring Sean Astin, Peter Jacobson, Kevin Nealon and Cheri Oteri. Director Rob Schiller wanted the footage, which was shot on the Canon EOS 7D and edited in Final Cut Pro, to appear light, airy and warm. Balis used Resolve with the Avid Artist Color control panel to conform and grade the comedic mockumentary.
"The comedy works by playing off the realistic feel of the environment against the offbeat nature of the characters and their actions," explains Balis. "The film’s creators wanted the look to be realistic and natural in order to make viewers feel like they are right there in the shot, watching the events unfold.