Light Iron and Quantel go 6K for Gone Girl


Hollywood post house, Light Iron, has used Quantel’s Pablo Rio colour and finishing system to complete the world’s first 6K feature post production on director David Fincher’s latest thriller, Gone Girl. Light Iron upgraded one of its six Pablo Rios with additional GPUs to support an 8K workflow and used its Quantel Genetic Engineering 2 shared workflow system to complete the 6K colour correction in multiple rooms at Light Iron’s Los Angeles facility, all in realtime. Light Iron is home to four Pablo Rio systems in Los Angeles and a further two in New York.

Shot in 6K on the EPIC RED Dragon, Gone Girl is the third David Fincher movie posted at Light Iron, following The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Gone Girl, an adaption of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel, tells the story of a writer (Ben Affleck) who becomes a suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing, leading to a suspense driven plot examining dishonesty, the media, appearances and the economy’s effects on marriage.

Pablo Rio is Quantel’s high quality colour and finishing system that provides productive post workflow. Pablo Rio runs on high performance PC hardware and exploits NVIDIA Maximus multi-GPU technology to deliver true interactivity and high productivity, with realtime performance at 4K 60p and beyond. Pablo Rio is available as software only and as a range of Quantel-backed turnkey systems. Genetic Engineering 2 provides shared storage and workflow for up to four Pablo Rio systems, enabling better teamworking and more productive post.

Light Iron CEO, Michael Cioni said, “We had to have an 8K DI system in house to accommodate the immense size of the Gone Girl 6K workflow. Together with Quantel we boosted our Pablo Rios and built the world’s first 8K DI system, giving us 6K playback in realtime, in multiple rooms. Pablo Rio and GE2 is the future; its power and storage is unbeatable as the industry looks to 4K workflows and beyond.’

Quantel Marketing Director, Steve Owen, said, “Light Iron is leading the post industry with its pioneering high resolution workflows. Michael and his team are always looking ahead to what’s next in the industry – Gone Girl is the latest example of how they push the boundaries of what’s possible. It’s great that Pablo Rio and GE2 are supporting their vision for post.’

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Chanelle Ellaya is the editor of Screen Africa. She completed her BA Journalism degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2011. While writing is her passion, she has a keen interest in the media in various capacities. Chanelle is an avid social media networker and a firm believer in the power of social and online networking. Between writing and tweeting, she finds time to feed her love for live music.


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