Modern VideoFilm Sends “The Invitation” to SXSW

mvf squareFacility prepares Karyn Kusama’s thriller for its world premiere.  

BURBANK, Calif.—Continuing its support for quality independent films, Modern VideoFilm  provided post-production services for The Invitation in advance of its world premiere at this month’s SXSW Film Festival. The facility’s role comprised a 709 to P3 color-space conversion, creating the DCP master for the festival screening, and additional deliverables.

Directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), The Invitation generated considerable buzz in Austin and a flurry of glowing reviews.  An eerie drama with an escalating plot, the film centers on a dinner party of old friends that takes a turn for the macabre. Variety called it “a teasingly effective thriller” and lauded Kusama for “an assurance of tone, craft and purpose.”

Working under the direction of Kusama, cinematographer Bobby Shore (Man Seeking Woman, A Dark Truth), and alongside Kusama’s digital colorist Harris Charalambous (Return to Zero, The ABCs of Death) who also conformed the film with help from assistant editor William Rubinstein, Modern VideoFilm’s colorist Gregg Garvin (There Will Be Blood, Don Jon), applied a global adjustment to faithfully keep Charalambous’ look to the film but move the filmmakers’ graded Rec 709 master to P3 color space before finally converting it to XYZ for the festival DCP.


“The last stages of post are the final stops you make on the way to finally showing your film to the world,” said Kusama.  “No matter how big or small your film, or your audience, it’s a genuine comfort to have a post staff that’s knowledgeable and conscientious, and who care about the films they work on. It was a pleasure to be at Modern and I look forward to the next time.”

Despite a tight deadline, the post team at Modern treated the independently-produced film with the same care and attention they would apply to a studio blockbuster. “Modern has always been very supportive of independent film,” said DI Producer Jeannette Zepeda. “We enjoy working with inspired filmmakers like Karyn Kusama and want to help their films reach their audience.”


About Modern VideoFilm

Modern VideoFilm has been providing post-production and distribution services to the film, television and media content industries for more than 33 years.  Its clients include all of the major movie and television studios, as well as leading on-demand streaming services, online digital media retailers, ecommerce sites, interactive entertainment companies, and other commercial entities across the United States and around the world. The company’s staff comprises more than 500 dedicated and talented artists, technicians, engineers, producers, client representatives and support personnel.

Modern VideoFilm’s Creative Services division offers complete, end-to-end resources for the production of original motion picture, television and media content. Its Content Management division provides comprehensive solutions for the management, repurposing, distribution and archiving of entertainment content.

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