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New York City Media’s Half-Life and Maturity Pilots Edited and Graded in DaVinci Resolve


Fremont, CA – February 9, 2018 – Blackmagic Design today announced that “Half-Life” and “Maturity,” two new television pilots to air in January on New York City (NYC) Media, were edited and graded using DaVinci Resolve 14. The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema chose the two shows for development over 300 other scripts to be broadcast to the more than 18 million households that receive NYC Media.

“Half-Life,” written and developed by Patty Carey-Perazzo, follows Patty, who is torn between the demanding worlds of family and film production. “Maturity,” written and developed by Robin Rose Singer, follows Jessica Meadowbrook, a nurse from Kansas who is one week into her brand new job at Shady Breeze, a senior housing facility in the Bronx. Both shows were shot in NYC with post production completed at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema.

Charles Haine, post production producer for both shows, decided to consolidate all the editing and color correction for the pilots on DaVinci Resolve 14 after discussions with the editorial teams. Color correction for both shows was completed by Alex Berman, with editing for “Half-Life” by Kaitlyn Cortes and editing for “Maturity” by Lily Kleinman.

“Both projects had specific challenges that made them unique to edit and grade. ‘Half-Life’ was shot with two cameras in 30 different locations over five days. ‘Maturity’ was a sitcom shot in a senior citizens home, so the grade had to turn what could potentially be a dull and gray feel to vibrant and sunny,” said Haine. “Creating a cohesive look and storyline for both of these required high-end editing and color correction early in the post process, which is why we chose DaVinci Resolve 14.”

For “Half-Life,” Cortes was given the job of evoking tension between the domestic and professional worlds of an NYC-based location scout. She was given a huge amount of multi-camera footage that varied in look and feel between the 30 locations. Using DaVinci Resolve, she was able to edit while working closely with the assistant editor through the software’s new chat feature, and she also used DaVinci Resolve’s Dynamic Project Switching feature to allow her to quickly switch projects or copy and paste clips, timelines and node settings back and forth.

“The editing tools in DaVinci Resolve were very familiar, and I was able to jump right in. DaVinci Resolve has some incredible features that let me easily experiment and try new editing paths. In particular, its Dynamic Project Switching was great,” said Cortes. “Being able to switch without having to shut down the page gave me a really seamless way to work, and with all the very different-looking footage, this let me experiment and go back and forth between ideas quickly.”

“I also loved being able to stay in the same system as Alex. Since we were both working in DaVinci Resolve 14, we were able to use the chat system built into the software, which let me really get into the groove of editing,” Cortes continued.

For “Maturity,” Kleinman was given the task of bringing together footage from two cameras that were supposed to shoot over several days, but in the end, the story had to take place in a single day. “Telling a story over a number of days versus just 24 hours is a much different edit. Editing and color correction had to be tightly coordinated to make sure the story, as well as the look and feel, matched. DaVinci Resolve’s editing features were very powerful and the UI experience was excellent,” said Kleinman.

Kleinman also took advantage of working within the same software as the colorist. “The DP shot flat Red dailies, and making editing decisions on those will just drag down the feeling. Instead, by editing and grading in DaVinci Resolve and not having to round trip every change, we were able to quickly show the various edits with a grade. No one was viewing an uncolored scene of the show ever, and it was great not getting comments at meetings showing early passes where people just focused on bad color in the shots instead of the edits,” she added.

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