The recently released Hollywood blockbuster Spider-Man 3 is the first film to have gone through Technicolor’s 4k Digital Intermediate (DI) process. The Hollywood Reporter’s Carolyn Giardina writes that the process was expedited at the company’s DI facility on the Sony Studios lot in Culver City.
Technicolor has been offering DI services since 2001, used on films such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Superman Returns and The Departed. According to Giardina, on Spider-Man 3, renowned colorist Stephen Nakamura worked closely on the color timing with director Sam Raimi and DOP Bill Pope on da Vinci’s Resolve colour-grading software.
Lead VFX house on Spider-Man 3, Imageworks, had a direct fibre line to Technicolor’s DI facility. Technicolor calibrated its screens to Imageworks’ screens, to ensure a consistent look. The 4k master was used to create all deliverables.