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The Making-of 2011


During the last 20 years, film production has seen a rapid process of digitization starting with digital editing in the 1990‘s. We now live in a digital world almost without standards. Only the part from the digital master to digital projection has been defined in the DCI recommendations. Regarding distribution channels, the Internet distribution has gained importance over DVD-HD.

After an introduction by the chairman of the DPC Workshop, the German producer Martin Hagemann, on the structure and the objectives of this training activity, the participants’ presentation and the pitching session opened the « festivities » in order to have a better idea of who is who and who develops what. Nine participants introduced a project in pre-production stage (or advanced development phase), thus offering concrete working material to the whole delegation. The projects will be discussed more specifically during two other plenary sessions on day 2 and day 3 (conclusions).

Following the project pitching session, Philippe Ros gave an introduction to the Workflow skeleton or decision tree, thus stressing some Key Words and basic principles such as : in order to streamline their workflows, producers have to start thinking from the end of the production chain: Where do I want to go? What is the distribution medium and projection or viewing device? In that process, a producer always has to obtain a balance between quality on the one hand and the cost of production, post-production and exhibition on the other hand.

Throughout the workshop, Philippe Ros gave insight into crucial elements of the digital film production and post-production processes via several technical focuses and with the complementary expertise of the two post-production providers participating, Tommaso Vergallo / Digimage Cinéma and Ruedi Schick / Swiss effects Film GmbH.

The first day ended with an introduction on 3D : origins, technical and aesthetic issues and evolution.

Most part of the second day was dedicated to case studies. Two of them investigated typical pitfalls encountered in the production of feature films in two different budget ranges. Aspects ranging from shooting the film to delivering the copies, via data management, special effects, transfers, etc. and their specific challenges were covered. The third one consisted in a focus on producing a 3D film. Each of the case studies was presented by its postproduction provider, assisted by the producer of the film.

The third part of the workshop dealt with recent developments in digital cinema and digital distribution. Tommaso Vergallo gave an overview on digital cinema and the situation for digital distribution in France. Åge Hoffart (SF Norge), gave a comparative expose for Norway, the forefront country in this field. An interactive discussion followed on the evolution of the roles played by the various key players of the chain, from producers, post-production providers to distributors and exhibitors, and on the future of independent cinema.

The Making-of 2011

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