Jun 1, 2018

EFILM helps bring 80s sci-fi look to BH Tilt thriller Upgrade

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, “Upgrade” from BH Tilt is a pulse-pounding tale of vengeance set in a near-future world. The life of Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) is turned upside down after his wife is murdered in a brutal mugging that also leaves him a paraplegic. When an experimental computer chip is implanted in his spinal cord, Grey receives superhuman powers and sets out to punish those who have hurt him.

With slick blue and red neon lighting by Cinematographer Stefan Duscio’s, and breakneck action sequences that harken back to classic 80s sci-fi masterpieces like “The Terminator” and “Total Recall,” “Upgrade” has been generating buzz on the festival circuit, earning the Audience Award in the Midnighters category at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.

EFILM Senior Colorist Tom Reiser completed the SDR cinema and home grades for “Upgrade” at EFILM’s Hollywood facility, where he worked closely with Whannell. Previously, Reiser graded “Furious 7,” which was directed by James Wan, a frequent collaborator of Whannell’s. Ultimately, Reiser says that the main goal of the color grade was to preserve the bold look that Whannell and Duscio captured on set.

Reiser said, “Leigh is a phenomenal writer and the film’s look is fantastic due to Stefan’s strong lighting choices during principal photography. My aim was to help simplify and hone in on certain colors, making the reds, blues, and greens really pop in the rich sci-fi world.”

“Upgrade” is now in theaters everywhere. Check out the red band trailer: //youtu.be/1hTLGlgZ4Z8


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