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FotoKem’s nextLab pushes envelope with Gone Girl’s 6K workflow

The last piece in our Gone Girl workflow series.

By Daniel Restuccio

Back in the fall of 2013, FotoKem was prepping and packing up one of its nextLab data field systems and shipping it to a hotel in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. This particular hotel was the off-set digital asset processing hub for David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which is being released on Blu-ray/DVD on January 13 and has also garnered a considerable amount of Oscar buzz this season.

This movie represented a new chapter for the system — Gone Girl was about to become the first major feature film shot entirely on the Red Dragon at 6K and edited with Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud.

According to Mike Brodersen, FotoKem’s chief strategy officer, nextLab has been meeting 2K and 4K bandwidth requirements on dozens of feature films and TV shows, including Fincher’s House of Cards. “In terms of our system, we’ve been doing that kind of work for a while.” So the leap to 6K files on Gone Girl, double the size of 4K files, was significant but manageable.

The Workflow
Gone Girl used up to four Red Epic Dragon cameras and generated anywhere from 3TB to 6TB of R3D files on 256GB RedMag SSD each day depending what was shooting. Those cards went directly to the nextLab ingest station where multiple cards were read simultaneously into onboard storage.

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Modern Video colorist talks color grading 
Madam Secretary

By Randi Altman

Madam Secretary, which is in the middle of its first season on CBS, has been using LA-based Modern Videofilm for post services, specifically conform and color. Let’s dig in a bit deeper with Todd Bochner on the color grade.

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Review: HP Z1G2 All-in-One Workstation
By Brady Betzel

In today’s broadcast post environments you typically see only a handful of workstations. This is usually because there are only a few vendors that are truly certified to work with products from companies such as Adobe, Avid and Autodesk — ISVs (Independent Software Vendors).

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Mixtape Club's Android ads via Google Creative Lab

It’s all about the art, 
and the artist
By Paul Babb

Randall Dark’s CES experience: Day One

Wacom launches Cintiq 27QHD, Companion 2

G-Tech offers rugged 
storage drives

Veteran colorist Joe 
Finley joins Chainsaw 

• Rohde & Schwarz
• NetApp
• Devil & Demon

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