November 9, 2011
By Kelvin Ong
London – Venice Film Festival favourite A Simple Life, was recently graded by Hong Kong’s Post Production Office Ltd. (PPO) using Nucoda Film Master. The feature film is currently receiving rave reviews on the film festival circuit with Director Ann Hui picking up three awards at the Venice Film Festival and lead actress Deanie Ip winning the festival’s Volpi Cup Best Actress Award. A Simple Life is a true story based on the life of Producer Roger Lee. It documents the strong emotional bond between him and his amah, Ah Tao (Deanie Ip). Tao served the Lee family for more than 50 years since the age of 13 and was an important part of Lee’s life throughout that time. The film was shot in Beijing and Hong Kong earlier this year on RED One and was converted using PPO’s RED Rocket decoder from 4K R3D to DPX format. RED Rocket, supported by Nucoda Film Master, significantly speeds up RED based workflows providing real-time high quality decode of native RED files. PPO Colourist Sun Wong explains, “The DOP Nelson Yu Lik-wai wanted a light grade to stay true to the emotion between the characters in the story. I used a lot of layers to maintain the light in various scenes that were shot at different times of day and also softened some of the scenes that took place in Tao’s house.” Following its Venice Film Festival success and a soft launch in Hong Kong earlier this month, A Simple Life is now in the race for the 2012 Oscar nominations in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film will go on general release in March 2012.