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Warner Bros. MPI’s Maxine Gervais Nominated for 2013 HPA Award

Sept 4, 2013 Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging is proud to announce that Maxine Gervais has been nominated for a 2013 HPA Award for OUTSTANDING COLOR GRADING – FEATURE FILM for her work on PACIFIC RIM.  Congratulations to Maxine on this great honor!  Click below to read HPA’s press release with a complete list of all the nominees.  The actual award ceremony will be held on November 7th, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.  

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Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Nominees Announced

Sept 4, 2013 “Iron Man 3,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Pacific Rim” and “Game of Thrones” led the pack with three noms each as the Hollywood Post Alliance announced its 2013 nominees. Marvel’s Shane Black pic nabbed three nominations and Guillermo del Toro’s monster-vs-robots epic were both nominated for sound, visual effects and color grading, while J.J. Abrams’ Paramount tentpole was nommed for editing, visual effects and color grading.  

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Iron Man 3’ Lead HPA Awards Feature Nominations

Sept 4, 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness, Pacific Rim and Iron Man 3 lead the nominations in the feature categories of the eighth Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Awards with three nominations apiece. All three are nominated for color grading and visual effects. Additionally, Pacific Rim and Iron Man 3 were nominated for sound, and Star Trek Into Darkness was nominated for editing. As the eligibility period runs from September 2012 to September 2013, some notable 2012 movies are also in the mix. For instance, William Goldenberg is nominated for Argo, for which he earned an Oscar. And, as he was at the Oscars and other awards shows, he is a double nominee, also recognized alongside Dylan Tichenor as co-editor of Zero Dark Thirty.  

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CNN Films: ‘Girl Rising’

Aug 12, 2013 “Girl Rising” documents extraordinary girls and the power of education to change the world. CNN showcases their stories and highlights the latest news and global voices on the topic. Married away for a car. Trapped by a sexual predator. Ensnared with the poorest of the poor. But that didn’t stop any of them. One girl with courage can be a revolution.

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The Colors of Pacific Rim at Saban Theater

Aug 6, 2013 Earlier this year Guillermo Del Toro told audiences at CinemaCon that Pacific Rim was “the perfect film to shoot on RED.” Last Wednesday night, RED, Warner Brothers, and Filmlight were privileged to host Pacific Rim colorist Maxine Gervais at the Saban Theater in Hollywood to see just how well RED and Filmlight’s Baselight software worked for the movie. In the largest event RED has hosted at the historic Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, over 500 people gathered to see the theater turned into the world’s largest DI Room. “We’re going to take a lot of risks tonight,” Ted Schilowitz announced as he introduced the evening.  

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Color Grading and DI on Visual Effects Heavy Movies

Aug 5, 2013 This summer’s most spectacular blockbuster spectacle Pacific Rim, from director Guillermo del Toro, featuring massive robots duking it out with giant monsters from the sea was given its final spit and polish by Maxine Gervais, colorist at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging. Taking on a movie of this size is no easy thing. Filmlight has a great interview with Maxine about her process in color grading the film, even before post production had begun:

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Building Colour and Textures in “Pacific Rim”

Aug 2013 Set to be the summer blockbuster of 2013, Pacific Rim is a Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures production, directed by Guillermo del Toro with cinematography by Guillermo Navarro. Set in the not too distant future, the world is under threat by huge invaders who come from beneath the sea: mankind’s only hope is the Jaeger, a giant robot that takes two human brains linked together to operate. This effects-heavy movie uses colour to striking effect, a world of highly saturated colours and vibrant images. In charge of perfecting this look was Maxine Gervais, colourist at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging.  

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FilmLight’s Baselight Used to Set Look for ‘Pacific Rim’

Jul 18, 2013 LONDON — FilmLight’s Baselight system was used to help create the look for Pacific Rim, the new Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production, directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film was posted at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI), where lead colorist Maxine Gervais used Baselight grading tools to help establish the film’s look. Gervais worked on a laptop as well as on a Baselight Eight system, collaborating from set to final deliverables. Pacific Rim was shot in 4K on Red cameras for a 2K and 3D finish. Gervais fine-tuned the de-Bayering algorithms in Baselight before transferring them to Red Tools for bulk conversion.

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Finishing on a Massive Scale : Behind the Colors of Pacific Rim

Wednesday, July 31st from 6:00-9pm THE SABAN THEATER 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Join digital colorist Maxine Gervais for an exclusive presentation on the color grading and finishing of Pacific Rim, the new sci-fi epic from acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. This one-time event will feature a screening of scenes from the movie and a demonstration of the work that went into meeting the unique creative and technical challenges posed by the film. Blurring the line between color grading and VFX, Maxine will reveal how she and her team at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging helped to bring Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro’s vision to the screen in both 2D and 3D – using the FilmLight’s Baselight finishing system with RED Epic 5K cinematography and CG effects. This will be followed by a technical discussion with Ted Schilowitz, co-founder of RED.

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Girl Rising examines education problem

  Apr 23, 2013 OTTAWA — Amina is an 11-year-old girl from Afghanistan who was married off to an older cousin: essentially, sold by her family for $5,000. They used the money to buy a car for their son. Yasmin is a 12-year-old Egyptian girl who was raped by a stranger. When her mother took her to the police station, the most the authorities could do was to offer to get her some money from the man. Wadley is a seven-year-old Haitian girl with a wide smile who loves school. After the 2010 earthquake, the school closed, but she wouldn’t give up on trying to attend the new school, even though her mother couldn’t pay for it. These are three of the nine children from nine countries whose stories are told in Girl Rising, an unusual documentary that looks at the problem of educating girls in the developing world. Director Richard Robbins paired each girl with a woman author from her country, who wrote a version of her story. Each was then re-created as a short film, and narrated by an actress — the voice cast includes Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett and Alicia Keys.  

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