Jan 31, 2017

EFILM Colors Sundance Films, Celebrates Indie Filmmaking

EFILM colorists contributed to several popular films at this year's Sundance Film Festival, including Wind River , Columbus, To the Bone and Wilson. EFILM and Company 3 also hosted a well-attended party at Park City hot spot, Zoom, to salute independent filmmaking and filmmakers.  

Wind River , which the Hollywood Reporter called a "strong directorial debut" by screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water ), is a murder mystery on a remote Native American reservation. EFILM's Mitch Paulson, who'd colored Sheridan-scripted Sicario , relates that his collaboration with cinematographer Ben Richardson, "was to take a film-style approach. Ben loves the more traditional way of timing film and that's a way of thinking that I'm very comfortable with too."

Richardson, who shot the mystery in and around Sundance site Park City, Utah, also helped bring out an organic feel to his images by using decades-old Zeiss optics on his ARRI Alexa.

The cinematographer notes, “I’d had mixed experiences with DI work until I found EFILM and Mitch. I decided to go to EFILM because I'd been very impressed with what I’d heard of EFILM's color scientists’ work with other cinematographers like Rodrigo Prieto and Roger Deakins. When I sat down with Mitch, I realized he has a real feel for the image," he says. "He understands how cinematography works to create atmosphere.”

Colored by Marjolaine Mispelaere, Columbus is the directorial debut of Kogonada, who has gained a significant following for his online, cinema-themed video essays. The very modestly-budgeted indie, shot by Elisha Christian, was singled out by critic Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com as "mesmerizing," "a remarkable film" and one of the best films of this year's festival.

Says Christian of Mispelaere, "she really understood what we were going for with the cinematography. The story is restrained with a lot of locked off shots and wide shots and the architecture"--of Columbus, Indiana—"plays an important role. She was instrumental in helping us shape the imagery into what you see in the final film."

With minimal resources, the production had to complete the DI in just five days. Christian notes that in such circumstances, excellent time management is a key part of a successful colorist's job. "She was great about that," he declares. "We started out with broad strokes and then got more detailed in subsequent passes. She set targets throughout the week, and that was a big part of the reason we were able to get the most out of our limited [post] budget."

To the Bone , colored by Natasha Leonnet, is the feature directorial debut from highly-regarded television writer-producer-director Marti Noxon (Mad Men , Glee ). This anorexia-themed drama was shot by Richard Wong.

Tim Stipan handled DI duties for Wilson, starring Woody Harrelson as a cantankerous middle-aged man, which was directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins), and shot by veteran cinematographer Frederick Elmes.


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