Dawn Treader On-Set Color Correction

Posted March 14, 2010 2:33 pm by Glumpuddle

Any Videophile NarniaWebbers out there? Resource411 has posted an interview with Simon Cuff, the president of Digital Vision. The company supplied the technology that enabled the filmmakers to use on-set color correction for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Here it is in a nutshell (in English): As reported last July, this will be the first Narnia film to be shot with digital cameras instead of traditional 35mm cameras. Although there is controversy about the quality, there is no denying the fact that digital cameras are cost-effective and very convenient for filmmakers. Most footage shot for a movie ends up being color corrected in post-production to achieve a certain look the director is going for. The process of scanning film into a computer, color correcting it, and then printing that back to film is expensive and time-consuming. It also means that on the day, the director is not able to see exactly what the shot will look like. The use of digital cameras speeds up the process considerably. As Cuff discusses, these cameras enabled Apted to look at color corrected footage on the day he shot it. Cuff also talks about how they were quickly able to composite green-screen material with previs elements and color correct them separately to get an idea of what the shot would look like before spending a lot of time and money on it. I think the DVD extras will probably explain more about this process. Read the interview here. Thanks to Icarus for the find.

33 Comments For This Story

  • Waleed Sajjad Khan says:

    im looking at evry peece of info on narniaweb and, i cant help it, IM GETTING IMPASHENT!!!!!! i nevr had much patience, and im dying 4 the trailer! the prince caspian 1 came fast, WEN WIL IT CUM 4 VDT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Trufflehunter says:

    hmmm… that’s kind of interesting. yes, I hope they show us more on the DVD extras!!

  • Daredevil says:

    The benefits of shooting in Digital would seem to be self-evident, and that is only confirmed further by what the guy says in that interview…. however i’m still not convinced that the end product (i.e. the picture quality) is worth the benefits gained during filming.

    • glumPuddle says:

      My fears exactly.

      • FilmMaker says:

        The Quality is equal, if not better. Take for example the RED Digital Cinema cameras that shoot at more than 5x the resolution of HD. To high to play on your HDTV. When downsized to HD or Standard Def, it looks excellent.

      • AJAiken says:

        FilmMaker, what I’ve seen of the RED camera is fantastic. But though the quality and the depth of field is lovely, I still prefer the feel of film, because digital isn’t quite there yet. But one day it will be! I’m excited to see what VDT looks like.

      • farsight says:

        Digital still doesn’t compare to film, but Star Wars episodes II and III, Public Enemies, Sin City, The Lovely Bones, Superman Returns, Quantum of Solace and District 9 were all shot digitally. A downside to consider is, one day digital cameras and displays could reach the level of film and then we’ll be left with all of these movies shot in an old, smaller resolution than our brand-new Real-Life-HD screens. However, movies shot in film will be able to be adapted into the new formats without any loss (film doesn’t have a resolution limit).

      • Ian McGregor says:

        After having a chance to see the RED in action, my humble opinion is that it delivers a clearer, more true to life image than film. We as moviegoers are used to the look of film, so when we see it our minds say "quality" even if the image is, in reality, grainier than HD.

  • Lover of Narnia says:

    Very interesting. It sounds like it helped with the money factor but I still hope it’s as good as quality as Prince Caspian and LWW. They were in quite good quality and I’m hoping for the same. I hope they tell us more on the DVD extras. It will be cool to see how it is done. Then Maybe I’ll understand it better. But still…CAN"T WAIT FOR VOTD!!

  • LOTRFREAK says:

    i still like the look of film better but HD is fine if they get the CC done right.

  • Phoenix says:

    Interesting…

  • Starlily says:

    Are there any other movies that have been shot in digital? I’m curious what they look like.

  • Danielmybrother says:

    Slumdog Millionaire and Avatar were both digital. It will be good.

  • Aravis and Hwin says:

    Wow, that’s neat! My Dad’s website (The-Digital-picture.com) reviews cameras, so I’m sort of curious about what kind of camera they used. Does anyone know what camera they used?

  • pselpevensie says:

    so cool!
    waiting for trailers!!!!!

  • DamselJillPole says:

    Digital Cameras are the best to use with movies. I’m excited. This picture is going to look good.

  • Mike says:

    I think what is important here is that the use of digital technology instead of film was more efficient and saved production costs. My understanding is that using digital cameras sped up the production process quite a bit, especially editing and special effects work.

    • narnian resident says:

      which means that we’ll be seeing a trailer sooner.
      less time to make, less time to wait 🙂

  • Liberty Hoffman says:

    awesome! I just hope that digital doesn’t mean that VotDT is in 3D…..

    • Keyaan says:

      I felt the same way (about VDT in 3D), but after looking at Avatar…yeah.

    • Silver the Wanderer says:

      Don’t worry. I think they already confirmed that VDT will not be in 3D.

      • Keyaan says:

        Well, unless I missed something, I heard that they didn’t SHOOT it in the 3D format. There’s no telling whether or not they might convert it to 3D in post. Kinda like what Tim Burton did with his "Alice in Wonderland".
        Once again, this is just a thought I had which is most likely wrong.

  • aslan's my homeboy says:

    Ahh no more check the gate 🙁 lol

  • narnia fan 7 says:

    interesting I can’t waet of the trailer!

  • Kelley says:

    Ahhh i rly hope its never converted into 3-D idk y but im just not a fan of 3-D im a little worried aboout the digital thing sibce the resolution has a limit…i dont no a lot about it but from wut farsight said it doesnt sond that great…

  • NarnianElf says:

    Hey, this sounds cool! So, I just kinda skimmed over this, but what is the difference between the cameras? I didn’t understand.

    • narnian resident says:

      the regular ones that they used in the first 2 films only shot the scene as it was, which meant afterwards they would have to go over it and color correct it, to get that perfect look for the movie, then reprint it, which meant more time and money is being used. these new cameras color correct the scene on the spot as soon as they shoot it, so they dont have to bother about color correcting later on, which means less time and less money spent. its a big plus for everyone, especially the director, who can see how the scene will look in the actual movie right away instead of having to wait, and then he can fix something he saw with wasting more time.

  • narnian resident says:

    thats really smart to use those cameras instead of the old ones. and hey if it means less time to use up in making it, that means more closer to having a trailer 😀