Mad Max: Fury Road colorist
Eric Whipp gets graphic
By Randi Altman
Warner Bros.’ Mad Max: Fury Road is quite a ride, with intense action from start to finish, a ton of visual effects and some pretty unforgiving and sand-filled locations and weather.
While this is a continuation of the Mad Max films of the past, you might notice a very different graphic look, and that was by design. Aussie director George Miller, who helmed the first three Mad Max features — in 1979, 1981 and 1985 — wanted this new film to have the feel of no other post-apocalyptic film that had come before it, including his own.
As part of this process, he called on veteran cinematographer John Seale, ASC, who worked on his first digital film via the Arri Alexa. You can see a story we ran on Seale’s experience on set and working with Miller here.
Next was colorist Eric Whipp of Toronto’s Alter Ego, who worked with Miller on Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two, and the two kept in touch. When it came time for Fury Road, the director gave him a call to continue a conversation that actually began while they were working on Happy Feet Two in 2011. “We were doing a lot of tricky things for animation on that one, and George wanted to know how much of this intricate work could be done on a live-action film.”
For Fury Road, Whipp says the production was hard — they shot in Namibia, home to frequent sandstorms and intense heat, which required special precautions by the camera crew. “Because of these challenges, George was focused mainly on the production,” explains Whipp. “It wasn’t until we got to the editing stage that we started to turn some attention to post production
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