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Summer Blockbusters use Blackmagic

What do films like Mad Max, Avengers, Tomorrowland or Magic Mike XXL have in common? All use Blackmagic’s hardware and/or software to achieve the same goal: continue the magic of moving pictures.

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Blackmagic Design compiled a list of some of the summer season’s biggest blockbusters and most anticipated films using a variety of products from the company.

DaVinci Resolve is the overall winner from that list. 5 Flights Up, Magic Mike XXL and Ricki and the Flash were graded by Joe Gawler of Harbor Picture Company with DaVinci Resolve. But that’s not all. Best of Enemies was graded by Andrew Balis for Different by Design with DaVinci Resolve, as were Diary of a Teenage Girl and Love & Mercy, both graded by Tom Poole of Company 3 with DaVinci Resolve.

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Completely scalable and resolution independent so it can be used on set, in a small studio or integrated into the largest Hollywood production pipeline, Da Vinci Resolve was also the choice when Chad Herschberger graded Lego Brickumentary. The list, though, does not stop there. Manglehorn was graded by Alex Bickel of Color Collective; so was Results, graded by Brandon Thomas of TBD Post, or Tangerine, graded by Luke Cahill of Different by Design; the Nightmare was graded by Andrew Balis of Wildfire Finishing, the Overnight was graded by Aaron Peak of Wildfire Finishing.

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Tomorrowland is another film associated with DaVinci Resolve. Stephen Nakamura of Company 3 chose to grade Tomorrowland using the software. Rob Pizzey of Goldcrest Post used DaVinci Resolve to colour grade Slow West, a film whose DP, Robbie Ryan, used Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for additional shooting.

Multiple Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras were also used to film stunt scenes in Avengers: Age of Ultron, chosen by DP Ben Davis. Meanwhile the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras were used for selected scenes by DP John Seale on Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Fusion Studio was used for compositing and to help create action sequences for Spy and Barely Lethal. Fusion an advanced compositing software for visual effects artists, broadcast and motion graphic designers and 3D animators. With over 25 years of development, Fusion has been used on over 1000 major Hollywood blockbuster feature films!


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