Final Frame helps Oscar nominees hit the finish with Nucoda

‘Hell and Back Again’ and ‘If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front’ graded and finished on the Film Master.

Academy Awards color grading Danfung Dennis DI Hell and Back Again If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front image systems Marshall Curry Nucoda Nucoda Film Master Oscars restoration

Hell and Back Again is the feature debut of filmmaker and photojournalist Danfung Dennis. The film was nominated for best documentary at the Oscars and is the winner of the Sundance Grand Jury prize among many other accolades. The colorist for this project was Stewart Griffin.

“The footage was challenging. There was very fast action, a rolling shutter in a war zone, missiles blasting around Danfung, rapid movement by the unit and more,” explained Cox. “That made frame rate conversion absolutely crucial. DVO’s Twister made it happen and the complete set of DVO tools proved once again to be the very best. Another powerful feature in Nucoda is the ability for the conforming of picture to stay live during the whole grade. That meant that if we needed to adjust the conversion, we could conform and grade at the same time. That’s not possible with other tools, and that functionality helped us get where we needed to go, in the time that we had to finish.”

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